Online booking now on the menu for Australian restaurants

Bookarestaurant.com launches thanks to local in-house development

A steady increase in the number of Australian restaurant start-ups has prompted a local developer, Analytical Systems, to launch a new restaurant booking website, bookarestaurant.com.

Analytical Systems’ Adam Clarke, now general manager of bookarestaurant.com, said the move into the online table booking site came about after demand from an evolving hospitality industry.

“There’s been a whole new wave of restaurateurs coming through,” Clarke said.

“They…need to be able to drive more money back to their investors so they need to be managing their tables and making sure they have a maximum yield from every single meal period and what our products is designed to do is to help them in that way.”

Clarke said the website’s popularity has grown due to this cost-saving attitude, and an increase of technology appearing throughout restaurants in Australia.

“50 per cent of restaurants are really set up and geared for this type of environment,” he said.

The project has picked up speed with some 2500 Australian restaurants now being listed on the site, which has been developed in-house.

“Our original products are all developed in-house and they are software programs that get installed at the venues themselves,” he said. “…Our bookarestaurant.com website is developed in .net and we use a MSQL database and also ASP for the pages.”

Clarke said as well as providing an online booking system, bookarestaurant.com also has administrative capabilities for restaurateurs.

“There’s an administrative portal that enables the restaurant to have access to a free diary,” he said. “They then have access to be able to set up their tables online and manage their phone reservations online.”

Next on Clarke’s agenda is the launch of an iPhone app, and the use of a radius search for bookarestaurant.com on mobile devices.

“We’re very close to launching the iPhone app, which is just in Q&A stage and that will be released early next year,” he said.

“We’ve added in a radius search so you can actually go down to browsing by suburb…that enables in a map view sense to be able to see the restaurants and where they’re located, their availability and we’ve added in a radius search to help the clients.”

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