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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
At upmarket SF restaurant, non-refundable meal tickets help tackle no-shows
The way diners pay for a meal has remained largely unchanged in the last few decades — customers reserve a table for free, pay for what they order and leave a tip at the end. Startups such as Cover have previously aimed to shake up this model, with automatic payments that enable guests to simply eat and leave without waiting for the bill. Now San Francisco restaurant Coi is introducing a ticketing system for its reservations, enabling diners to pay a flat fee and managers to avoid the headache of cancellations. READ MORE…
Subscription service offers on-demand phone charging in bars and restaurants
Running out of smartphone battery can be a daily problem for those who are constantly chatting, texting and ‘gramming. While ideas such as the QBracelet have aimed to merge fashion with a way to charge devices, a new service called Doblet wants to place portable battery packs in popular bars and restaurants, with users paying an annual fee to use them. READ MORE…
Pre-prepped ingredients delivered to the door help anyone make their favorite restaurant dishes at home
 Cooking a good meal can take up far too much of the little time most people have, a fact that contributes to the huge amounts of money that the average consumer spends on eating out each year. While services such as Brazil’s Gulala have aimed to make things easier with 24-hour delivery of ingredients for meals, Forage turns home cooks into pro chefs by providing all of the ingredients needed to make dishes culled from the menus of top US restaurants. READ MORE…
In India, restaurant is staffed by convicted criminals
Prisons are notorious for being money sinkholes — they cost millions to run but inmates aren’t often given the opportunity to contribute anything to the economy. We recently saw Gaolhouse Denim provide a way for inmates to learn tailoring skills by producing jeans to be sold to the public. Now the Tihar Food Court is a vegetarian cafeteria in New Delhi where the food is made and served by criminals, including murderers, as part of a rehabilitation effort. READ MORE…
App directs users to restaurants that use ‘humane meat’
In the past we’ve seen Turnyp connect customers with restaurants that match their allergy needs, and now the The Humane Eating Project is another app that helps those concerned by animal cruelty to make conscientious choices while eating out. READ MORE…
Windshield-mounted device makes fast food payments even quicker
Physical wallets are gradually disappearing as new technologies enable consumers to pay through more automatic methods, and we’ve even previously seen companies such as Uniqul hint at cash and card-less payments with facial recognition. Although we’re not quite there yet, a new innovation called iDriveThru could enable hands-free fast food payments using RFID car windshield tags. READ MORE…
Half price meals for diners who switch off their phones
Smartphones may offer consumers a vast array of benefits, but they could be killing the atmosphere in restaurants. So much so that the Abu Ghosh restaurant in Jerusalem is encouraging diners to turn off their devices in return for a generous 50 percent discount. READ MORE…
Restaurant lets customers pay with trash
Composting is a good way to make use of organic material that otherwise might end up in landfill and there are plenty of opportunities for consumers to benefit from collecting their food waste, such as New York City’sHello Compost scheme, which provides fresh food to low income families in return for their compostable goods. Operating on a similar basis, the temporary BIOMAT restaurant in Austria has enabled diners to exchange their biodegradable waste for a meal. READ MORE…
Restaurant serves cheap meals made with expired foods
Food waste is a major global problem, with some 40 percent of all edible goods in the US finding itself in landfill, rather than eaten. Part of this is down to the shelf-life given to fruit and vegetables — supermarkets won’t sell food unless it reaches certain aesthetic standards or is within its sell by date. While enterprises such as Culinary Misfits have begun trying to tackle the first of those issues, The Daily Table is a new grocery store and restaurant which puts all of its food to use — whether it’s past its sell by date or not. READ MORE…
Simple restaurant reviews, without the reviews
Customer review sites can give diners a good idea of the quality of a restaurant before they go there, but they can also be unhelpful when opinions are divided or simply too long to read. myfab5 is a new site and app that replaces reviews with a ranking system that gets users to choose their favorite 5 restaurants in each category and location. READ MORE…

With Feedie, that foodstagram could help nourish a starving child
We’ve already seen Spain’s FoodShareFilter offer a way to leverage Instagram hashtags to promote social causes through the image sharing app. Now Feedie is hoping to use its own platform to turn shared food photos into funds for a charity fighting hunger in South Africa. READ MORE…
Startup aims to change the way we think about fast food
While Paris-based L’appero offers quick delivery of aperitifs at any time of the day, a new startup coming out of California is aiming to step things up a notch. SpoonRocket provides affordable haute cuisine with a delivery time of around ten minutes. READ MORE…
Pop-up restaurant only accepts reservations for one
 These pages have already seen pop-up restaurants in the Netherlands operating with interesting business models – take IkHa, the temporary diner that let customers choose from a variety of furniture options as an example. Now Amsterdam’s Eenmaal has only accepted customers who want to eat alone. READ MORE…
App aims to be Pandora for restaurant recommendations, and more
We’ve already seen Dish.fm crunch the massive amount of data from online restaurant reviews to recommend the best eateries for its users, but our latest spotting aims to go even further to personalize results. Nara is an app that uses a Pandora-like neural network that learns users’ tastes every time they use it and offer accurate recommendations for eating out. READ MORE…
Restaurant sells food in edible packaging
Customers at Bob’s fast food chain in Brazil have already experienced edible packaging with their burgers as part of a marketing campaign. Now the WikiBar in Paris is hoping to turn a similar idea into a sustainable business, offering only foods that come in an edible container. READ MORE…