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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
Indoor herb holders give old wine bottles new life
Restaurants get through a large number of wine bottles, and eco-conscious kitchens typically send them to be recycled once they’re finished. However, this process still uses up resources, which has prompted Portuguese startup My Little Garden to turn the containers into plant holders that help homeowners and businesses grow their own herbs. READ MORE…
In Brazil, beer cooler blocks smartphone signals to boost face-to-face interaction
The backlash against the overuse of cell phones – especially smart ones – in bars and restaurants has led to a few interesting ideas to get customers talking to each other again. Singapore’s Social Rehab has already offered discounts to diners that leave their device at the door, and now Brazilian lager brand Polar has developed a beer cooler that actually blocks cell and mobile internet signals. READ MORE…
In Sweden, grocer responds to restaurant ‘foodstagrams’ with home cooking instructions
While some restaurant owners see smartphones as detrimental to the dining experience, other venues such as the Comodo in New York have embraced the technology, encouraging diners to help create a visual menu of its dishes on Instagram. The photo-sharing platform is proving useful once again as the Ask CT Food campaign is enabling restaurant customers to photograph their meal in order to receive a recipe to recreate it at home. READ MORE…
Platform enables restaurant patrons to text the manager direct
Much the way TalkTo uses text messaging to connect consumers with local businesses, so TalktotheManager aims to foster a closer connection between restaurants and their clientele. Specifically, as a substitute for comment cards or other less reliable means of collecting feedback, TalktotheManager lets restaurant patrons anonymously text their comments directly to the manager. READ MORE…
Restaurant staff made up of deaf workers
In communities where deafness is such a social stigma that those with hearing difficulties find it hard to get a job, one option is to raise awareness by staffing an entire company with only deaf workers, much like Indian delivery service Mirakle Couriers. Atfaluna, a new restaurant in the Gaza Strip, is now following suit in the hope of breaking down barriers for deaf people in Palestinian society. READ MORE…
In New York, restaurant taps Instagram users to create a visual menu
With the average diner likely to head out to eat with a smartphone in their pocket, it’s no surprise to see restaurants taking advantage of this. Your Smart Butler has already paved the way towards customers ordering meals on their handsets, and New York eatery Comodo is now tapping into the social side of things, with its Instagram Menu. READ MORE…
Rewards offered to diners if they leave their smartphones at the door
It’s a situation many diners know all to well: going for dinner with a friend, looking forward to catching up – but instead spending most of the meal staring at the top of their head as they sit glued to their smartphone. Enter Singapore-based Social Rehab, who recognized this problem and decided to do something about it. READ MORE…
In France, an allergen-free restaurant


Allergy-sufferers have already seen a number of innovations to help them avoid food that causes discomfort, from translation cards to food traceability apps. Placing allergies at the forefront of their business, however, is French restaurant Mon Histoire dans l’assiette, whose menu is entirely free of 11 of the most common allergens, ensuring that most people with a food intolerance of some kind can still have their pick of the restaurant’s selection. READ MORE…
Paris restaurant invites an amateur cook to become head chef each night
France is a country renowned for its culinary tradition, yet these traditions show no sign of standing in the way of innovation. We recently saw Restolib turn Paris restaurant kitchens into spaces for cooking classes after hours, and now Un Jour, Un Chef is going one step further and allowing amateurs to realise their dreams of becoming head chef for one night. READ MORE…
Japanese cafeteria offers diners in-depth advice on health and nutrition
Regular Springwise readers may remember ThinDish, the website offering diners information on restaurants with healthy eating options. Now, in Tokyo, Tanita Shokudo offers a way to bring nutritional advice directly to consumers’ tables. READ MORE…
Games developer launches themed restaurant


Regular Springwise readers may remember our article from 2010 about Snakes and Lattes, a themed café in Canada stocked with 1,500 board games. Now taking the idea of a game themed eatery to the next level, Capcom, the Japanese video games developer, recently launched the Capcom Bar in Tokyo, complete with in-house game kiosks and game-inspired dishes. READ MORE…
Offline to online platform rewards diners with Facebook credits


Facebook credits are a virtual currency that can be purchased with a credit or debit card to buy virtual goods in games and apps on the Facebook platform. However, never before have they been earned through purchasing goods offline. That is until Plink — a credits-based loyalty program that rewards Facebook users for dining at chain restaurants. READ MORE…
Restaurants’ takeout menus made interactive via QR codes


It’s become increasingly common for restaurants to build and offer custom, branded mobile apps that let patrons place orders by phone, but it’s still up to consumers to go to the bother of downloading and installing them. Enter Paperlinks, a Los Angeles firm that has created a service that lets restaurants embed their takeout menus with QR codes for quick and seamless mobile ordering. READ MORE…
In Paris, cooking classes & events in closed restaurants

Much the way Philly Kitchen Share makes a commercial kitchen available for short-term rent, so Parisian Restolib’ offers up working restaurant kitchens for cooking classes and more while the venues themselves are closed. READ MORE…
Pop-up restaurant uses only solar energy for cooking
We’ve seen solar energy used to power a number of innovations featured on our virtual pages, including a UK-based micro-cinema on wheels. Now we’ve discovered the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant, a pop-up venture which uses only the energy of the sun to cook food. READ MORE…