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RestaurantRow.com Mixes with Menus.com

RestaurantRow.com, a provider of restaurant and menu information, has merged with menus.com, a source of menu and restaurant data.

Financial details were not disclosed.

The newly formed operation has three separate goals: to expand its restaurant information and reservations network, grow its data mining and business services for eateries and foodservice organizations; and enhance its marketing and business services for restaurants.

Gerald Chase, CEO of menus.com, has no reservations about the deal. "The combination of Menu.com's comprehensive restaurant database and RestaurantRow's all-inclusive reservation system, clearly establishes us as the definitive hub for dining and menu information and restaurant reservations," he said. "Additionally, the merger enhances our capabilities and amplifies our leadership across wireless, online and voice-enables platforms."

The combined entity now offers access to 300,000 restaurant listings throughout the U.S. and the U.K., searchable by location, features and specific dishes. Menus, wine lists, customer reviews and photographs are also offered with the service. Customers may also make reservations online.

As a B2B service, the site has created strategic alliances with state restaurant associations nationwide and compiled dining trend information that it shares with restaurants at no cost.

"The strategic elements in this merger extend our leadership as the premier resource for consumers to locate restaurants and place reservations, for restaurants to attract new customer traffic and for the restaurant and the foodservice industries to obtain customized market research reports and previously unavailable industry data," noted Jim Gurfein, CEO of RestaurantRow.com.

The site allows customers to locate eateries through a number of options, added Chase. "We're the only site on the Web where you can find a restaurant not just by address, cuisine type or price range, but by craving. If you are dreaming of dumplings, dolmas or duck a l'orange, our food finder and power search tools will quickly reveal restaurants where they're served in your neighborhood or the zip code of your choice."