WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A Washington, D.C., startup company, eleat™, today launched a first-of-its kind mobile dining app designed to transform the dining experience by giving customers and restaurants more control, choice and convenience.
The eleat app gives customers real-time access to menus and the ability to order and pay from the table, or remotely for takeout and delivery, all from their own smartphones and tablets. eleat is like "GrubHub meets Ziosk and TabbedOut," providing all the needed dining solutions in one simple app. It works for all participating restaurants, eliminating the need to download multiple restaurant-specific apps, and provides a fast, efficient, more accurate dining experience. eleat also provides restaurants with an option to integrate with major Point-of-Sale systems.
"Imagine walking into your favorite restaurant without having to wait for service or pay for the check. You don't have to imagine any more - eleat provides this choice and convenience today," says eleat founder and CEO, Terry Miller.
eleat is launching first in the Washington, D.C., area with a variety of restaurants including Policy, Lost Society, Bin1301, Chaplins, The Gryphon, Picollo, Sax, Piassa, Sol Mexican Grill Cantina, Catch 15 and AsiaDC. Following the inaugural launch in Washington, eleat will expand its reach on the East Coast and will eventually be available nationwide.
Miller came up with the idea for the app during a beach vacation with his wife and son, waiting for what seemed like forever to order food and drinks. Then, it actually took forever to get their food and pay their bill. And they still had no idea if all the food would be safe for their son's food allergies. Miller quit his job as a chief operating officer at a technology company and began putting together a team to develop and market the app, including a Hollywood style video.
"With 83 million tech-savvy Millennials driving the growth of the restaurant industry, apps are critical to connecting with customers, and eleat does it all," said Miller. Panera, for example, recently spent $42 million to bring mobile ordering to its customers and address the Millennial market. "eleat is now providing these mobile services to any customer at any restaurant for the cost of a credit card transaction," Miller said.
According to the Fast Casual Association, consumers of all ages – and especially Millennials – want to be able to order and pay with their phones. Within the next few years, electronic ordering and mobile payments are predicted to be the norm. Yet today, less than 1 percent of ordering is mobile, meaning that restaurants are already behind the most important future trend in the industry.
"eleat will revolutionize the dining experience where, within seconds, customers can view real-time menus, check out the ingredients, immediately place orders, then pay and go whenever they want," said Miller. Delivery and takeout are simple as well from eleat, with orders going directly to a restaurant's computer system rather than a fax machine, like most delivery apps currently in the market place.
The app also provides search options for the top food allergies, an important feature for the more than 15 million Americans suffering from sensitivities to certain ingredients.
eleat™ gives restaurant and customers control, choice and convenience. Dine on your own terms™ with one app for multiple restaurants – table-side ordering, takeout, and delivery. Dine and pay when, where and how you want. eleat was designed with restaurants in mind, enabling the most comprehensive levels of service and commission-free dining. eleat delivers the certainty, predictability and consistency that's missing in most restaurant apps – taking dining to new levels of excellence – all with one, free, easy-to-use app. Available on the App Store and Google Play. Follow eleat on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.