#1 Dining App In The Nation Launches In Blacksburg!
DC-based startup, Spotluck, has expanded to Blacksburg. Spotluck allows local restaurants to collaborate, join forces, and collectively market the neighborhood’s best “spots” to dine. The app markets neighborhood restaurants by awarding users with discounts based on factors like day, time, and weather (i.e. higher incentives when restaurants need to fill more tables).
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. (DBI) is a non-profit (501c6) association of merchants, property owners, and downtown advocates whose mission is to sustain a dynamic, vital, and diverse community through marketing, events, economic development, and leadership.
Spotluck began as a capstone thesis on yield management in the restaurant industry, a concept pioneered by companies like Priceline, Amazon, and Uber. Co-Founders Cherian Thomas and Brad Sayler launched Spotluck from their basement in 2014, partnering with 8 local restaurants in Rockville, MD. In two years, the app has spread to over 500 local restaurants throughout DC, MD, VA, and PA. Recently, Virginia Tech and James Madison University have joined Georgetown, University of Maryland, Drexel, UPENN, Hood College, George Mason University, and American University as college campuses that are located in a Spotluck Hub. Spotluck operates on a simple concept: local restaurants thrive when collaborating as a neighborhood. The community of restaurants offers “smart” discounts to attract customers during slower times (between 10%-35%). The theory that prices on a rainy Tuesday shouldn’t be the same as prices on a beautiful Friday evening forms the basis of the dynamic pricing you’ll see in the app. Plus, Spotluck’s daily “spin” provides bonus savings and a fun twist for its loyal users.
How does it work? When you open the app, you’ll pick a neighborhood where you’d like to eat, and a wheel of eight restaurants pops up. With a quick and simple spin, the app selects one restaurant to give a higher discount for that day and that day only. Want to try somewhere else instead? You’ll still get 10% off any of the other restaurants just for being a Spotlucker. Download the free app using promo code “DOWNTOWN” and stop by to support these tasty local restaurants:
- Blacksburg Taphouse
- Wicked Taco
- Sycamore Deli
- Green’s Grill & Sushi Bar
- Next Door Bake Shop
- Café De Bangkok