Burgers, fries and PayPal: Internet payment system rolling out at restaurants

Cash and credit cards are so last year. Kirkland-based Viableware today announced a partnership with PayPal, allowing customers to make purchases with PayPal at restaurants using the company’s handheld payment device. Viableware’s RAIL payment touchscreen interface, as seen to the right, mimics a traditional leather folder for restaurant bills. It allows guests to peruse a digital copy of the bill,… Read More


Bing Fund backs restaurant waiting-list app BuzzTable

Microsoft’s Bing Fund announced today that is making a strategic investment in New York City-based BuzzTable, marking the sixth Bing Fund investment since it was started last summer. Bing Fund, the newly-formed investment vehicle of Microsoft’s search engine that supports mobile and Web-based startups, recently invested in Sonar in Feburary and Seattle-based LikeBright one month prior to that. The BuzzTable platform consists of three… Read More


Appetas: Online software that helps restaurant owners build professional websites

Restaurant websites are usually unimpressive. Menus can be hard to find and the entire user experience can actually divert you from going to an eatery. Seattle-based Appetas is solving that problem by offering up online software that lets restaurant owners make professional-looking websites in seconds. ”Appetas’ mission is simple – make restaurants look as beautiful online… Read More


Menuish helps you find restaurant menus on your phone

Like many couples hitting the town for a bite, Chris Eigner and Devon St. Clair started scrolling through their phones to find a good place to eat. But much to their frustration, most restaurants have flash-filled websites that are difficult to navigate, much like this Oatmeal comic demonstrates. So after dinner that night nine months ago,… Read More


Google Zeitgeist reveals King Tut, El Gaucho as most-searched terms in Seattle

King Tut has taken over Seattle. Well, at least according to Google. The search engine giant released its 12th annual Year-End Zeitgeist, a tradition that showcases the people, places and topics that captured the world’s attention this year. It was Google’s most comprehensive list yet, covering 55 countries with 838 top-10 lists from places all… Read More


More meals at your door? Munchery may expand to Seattle

Amazon’s new food delivery program might soon have some competition. Munchery, a San Francisco-based startup that delivers meals to customers, is planning to expand to Seattle by early 2013. “We think Seattle’s strong tech and vibrant food scene full of busy professionals and young families are a perfect fit for what we have to offer — ridiculously convenient… Read More


Palisade Restaurant uncorks new wine list on the iPad

Patrons at Palisade Restaurant over the years have grown accustomed to browsing an extensive wine list, flipping through dozens of printed pages in a quest to find their favorite Syrah, Merlot or Zinfandel. But last week, the Seattle restaurant started phasing out its 35-page wine list. Don’t worry, you can still get a nice Tempranillo…. Read More