Have you ever googled local restaurants hoping to find specials listed online? About two out of three business travelers overall have dining-related apps on their mobile phones, and Yelp and TripAdvisor are most popular for this larger group. There’s a third that could emerge to the top of the list, sooner then later. The new website is called EatCheap.app. It brings convenience and savings to the forefront of eating out by listing all kinds of restaurant deals and daily specials.
According to Dinova’s research, 51 percent of millennial business travelers said they typically eat at quick serve restaurants. For many millennials, making their day as efficient as possible is a main factor in how they select their dining options.
Seventy percent of millennial business travelers reported researching dining options in advance of their trips. Searching for local restaurants with niche menus or enticing food & drink specials have become a priority. Travelers are keen on searching for restaurants that are popular with the locals, it’s a huge value add for their experience.
This affinity for taking advantage of work trips to explore local food scenes suggests that if restaurants want to reach these travelers, they should make sure their establishments are easily discoverable online. Eat Cheap could become the “pentium chip” for cities filling this need in the restaurant market.
The founders say they came up with the idea for the website when they were at a restaurant with a great special. They wondered why they didn’t already know about it. They started looking online to find the best food deals and there wasn’t anything, so they created it.
“As it turns out, 96 percent of people look for deals, so it doesn’t matter your income level,” Trzaskus (CEO) said. “We all want a good deal and 76 percent of us will try a new restaurant if there’s a good deal going on.”
Right now, the website lists 11 cities across the country, including Tampa and St. Pete. The deals are crowd-sourced, meaning anyone can add a new deal or special. Users can also let everyone know if the special is no longer available.
Even though EatCheap doesn’t have an app yet, the site is mobile friendly and super easy to use.
One thing you won’t find on EatCheap.app, fast food restaurants. The founders say those are easy enough to find, Eat Cheap is a lifestyle brand that adds value to a dining experience and to your wallet.