Five weeks after acquiring mobile payment startup JustChalo Inc., online restaurant reservation provider OpenTable is testing a mobile payment feature for restaurant patrons.
The new feature, being tested in 20 restaurants in San Francisco, eliminates the need for customers to wait for checks at their tables after finishing meals.
The company intends to provide the mobile payment feature as a way to attract more customers to the reservation site. It will not take a portion of the transaction from the restaurant, but restaurants would still have to pay interchange fees.
Though OpenTable didn't provide details of its test, mobile payment pilots in restaurants generally experiment with splitting checks, applying tips and communicating with wait staff.
OpenTable plans to introduce the mobile payment feature throughout the San Francisco area by the end of the year.
In addition to the mobile payment test, OpenTable also announced in a July 31 press release that it has acquired Rezbook, the reservation management system of one of its competing sites, Urbanspoon.com. OpenTable will provide bookings for Urbanspoon in the future. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We're looking forward to introducing more diners to the convenience of online booking by powering reservations across our more than 20,000 restaurants on the Urbanspoon site and mobile apps," Matt Roberts, OpenTable CEO, states in the release.
Rezbook brings an additional 2,000 restaurant customers to the OpenTable's offerings, Roberts says.
OpenTable says it seats more than 12 million diners per month via online bookings at more than 28,000 restaurant customers worldwide. Since introducing its table reservation service in 2008, OpenTable has seated more than 60 million diners who made reservations on mobile devices.