Posts Tagged ‘CityEats’

Will Mike Isabella Ever Launch a Real Food Truck?

By now, you've likely heard that chef Mike Isabella will be hitting the streets of D.C. tomorrow in a Graffiato "pop-up" food truck. "Pop-up" is fair. But "food truck?" While Isabella will be moving around town in a wheeled vehicle, it's really more of a promotional effort in partnership with reservation system CityEats than a […]

Skip the Line: Toki Underground Now Taking Online Reservations (Early Seatings Only)

Chalk up another coup for CityEats: the upstart Food Network-backed online reservation site has inked its second exclusive contract with an otherwise hard-to-get-a-seat D.C. eatery. First, it was Mike Isabella's uber-trendy Graffiato. Now, it's Toki Underground, the popular H Street NE ramen shop with the usual hour-long (or even longer) wait. This is the first […]

Here’s Why D.C. Is Ground Zero In The Online Reservation War

“If you look at New York, it’s such a large market—so much volume and so many different restaurants. We thought that D.C. was the right-sized market, a growing food scene and an audience that’s also sort of prone to Internet usage.”—Sameer Deen, president of City Eats, new rival to online reservation behemoth Open Table, telling […]

Are Simple Economics Behind Mike Isabella’s Split With OpenTable?

Graffiato's Mike Isabella yesterday cited new restaurant web portal CityEats' partnership with the popular Food Network as part of the reason for his decision to sign exclusively with the upstart and split with the otherwise dominant OpenTable online reservation system. The financial blog Seeking Alpha offers some specific analysis of the costs to restaurateurs who […]

Mike Isabella Drops OpenTable, Signs Exclusive Deal With CityEats

The recently launched CityEats online reservation site is banking its immediate future on Graffiato chef Mike Isabella's rising stardom. The Food Network-partnered Internet service has announced an exclusive deal with Isabella, making its site the only place online to book a table at the former Top Chef contestant's ultra-popular Chinatown eatery. Previously, patrons could snag […]