With the growing number of people venturing into to the foodtech space, what to and where to eat is no more a question. With the amalgamation of technology in each and every space consumers find it easy to get all their queries answered. Be it restaurants, or the menu listed there and even the availability of space, startups are present to answer each and every query with a breeze. After choosing what and where to eat, the main thing which arises in a diner’s mind is will he/she be able to get the seat or not? This is where concept of restaurant reservation comes in. With players like Zomato ready to take on this industry, Indian journalist and food writer Vir Sanghvi’s startup is also set to compete with startups in this space.
Founded by Vir and other top hoteliers’, EazyDiner is a restaurant table reservation platform which has announced that it has raised a funding round led by DSG Consumer Partners, Gulpreet Kohli, former managing director with private equity firm ChrysCapital, and others,
Besides, Vir, Sue Reitz, Rohit Dasgupta, Sachin Pabreja, Shruti Kaul, Ruchika Dhamija and Manish Kutula are also founders of EazyDiner which was launched in 2014. The reservation platform offers reviews, recommendations, insiders’ tips, dining concierge services and deals, for every reservation.
The platform is presently operational in Delhi & NCR with a listing of over 8,000 restaurants along with 300 restaurants for online reservations. Moving further the startup plans to launch its services in Mumbai with a listing of over 7,500 restaurants along with 500 partner restaurants offering online reservations and exclusive deals. It also plans to go ahead with other cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai by this year.
Vir Sanghvi believes that EazyDiner is turning out to be a way that is helping diners choose as per their taste. Also, it is helping the restaurants by putting it across the diners of modern India, who love to explore and look out for various options along with dining.
The startup charges a reservation fee from the restaurant and from the restaurant advertisements which are on the website. EazyDiner has web presence and also has launched a Android app, which will further be provided in iOS app as well by next month.
It has also roped in several eminent people in its advisory council like Oberoi Group Joint MD Vikram Oberoi, The Leela Palaces MD Dinesh Nair, Speciality Restaurants founder & CEO Anjan Chatterjee, among others.
Just recently, Zomato announced that it will launching table restaurant reservation option for diners in July. One notable acquisition has also taken place in this segment i.e. TimesCity acquired Dineout. Besides, WowTables raised INR 1.81 Cr from a group of investors, including Karan Bhagat, Prabhat Awasthi, and Atul Kumar.