Be they carnivore, herbivore or omnivore, humans are not particularly known for their patience when they’re waiting to order a meal or waiting for the server to come around with the check at the end of it at a restaurant. First, they want to be fed. Then they’re ready to leave.
Uvore is a mobile app designed to make all of those carnivores, herbivores and omnivores happy by allowing customers order and pay for meals at their convenience.
All of which means faster customer turnaround, allowing the wait staff to concentrate on service, qua, building relationships. And restaurants get to learn the preferences of their clientele. Ultimately, it’s also about happy customers, and that’s always a win.
So a guy walks into a bar… Actually, it was a restaurant and the guy was uVore co-founder Obinna Emenike. He knew what he wanted to order, but still had to wait forever for the waiter. When he was finished with his meal, again, he had to wait forever for the server to bring him his check. And then return with his processed credit card. Emenike thought, seriously? In 2012??? There had to be a technology solution. And in 2014, that may well be Uvore. So he convinced his college roommates – both computer scientists – to relocate from the Bay Area where there’s really just not enough tech going on, and join him at DreamIt.
“We started with full service, sit-down restaurants, but found we got a lot of traction from fast/casual restaurants, too. Now we have two different sets of restaurants that we’re focusing on – sit down and casual/fast.”
DreamIt did help them to widen their scope and it worked. They’re launching their pilot next week, with a few casual/fast restaurants within a four to five block radius of each other in Manhattan’s Midtown West, like Mangia Organics, the Picnic Basket, Untamed Sandwiches, and Sushi and Deli Box, if you happen to be in the neighborhood and give it a go. That’s also when they’ll be officially launching their iPhone and Android apps.
Emenike’s personal favorite when it comes to restaurants: Patisserie Des Ambassades in Harlem, but no uVore for them quite yet. They’re still outside of the company’s immediate purview. Quelle dommage!