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
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
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.”