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So You Want to Open a Restaurant? Download Our Free Guide + Enter for a Chance to Win a $38,000 Grand Prize

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Countless chefs, GMs, and other hospitality professionals have dreamed of one day opening a restaurant of their own. At OpenTable we’re fortunate to work with the best in the business, so we know the facts: opening a restaurant is hard work. It’s expensive, the legal regulations will make your head spin, and building a team you trust is an ongoing challenge.

We partnered with hospitality consultant Alison Arth to create How to Open a Restaurant, the ultimate guide to starting and growing a restaurant business. Alison spoke to some of the industry’s top groups and restaurateurs — including Union Square Hospitality Group, AltaMarea, Gavin Kaysen, and Aaron London — and compiled their tips and best practices (and occasional cautionary tales) into this definitive resource, which covers everything from raising funds to training a team. Download the guide here!

And aspiring restaurateurs, listen up: As part of this campaign, OpenTable is hosting a contest to help one restaurant industry professional fund his or her dream project. If you’ve been working in the industry and planning to open your own restaurant, we want to hear from you! Tell us about your background and concept, and you’ll be entered into a competition to win our grand prize, worth more than $38,000 total:

  • A 12-month subscription to OpenTable’s flagship Guest Center product, plus access to the world’s largest diner network
  • A full set of professional All-Clad pans
  • A set of 25 Hedley & Bennett aprons
  • 25 licenses to the online platform Journee, a community for restaurant professionals
  • $15,000 cash to put towards your project

We’ll narrow the applicants down to three finalists based on their entries, and those three folks will each start their own Kickstarter campaigns to raise a funding goal of $35,000. We’ll be cheering them on! The group that raises the most money will win the grand prize. Continue Reading

Enter the OpenTable Canada #savourthelove 2016 Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Dinner is on us this Valentine’s Day – if you win our OpenTable #savourthelove 2016 Valentine’s Day giveaway!

To enter, follow @OpenTableCanada on Twitter and share a photo, video, or tweet of your most loved food, foodie, or restaurant using the hashtag #savourthelove for a chance to win one of five $100 MasterCard Gift cards we’ll be giving away, starting Monday, February 1, 2016, through Friday, February 12, 2016. One entry per person each day allowed. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so we can contact you via direct message if you’ve won a prize.

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Entry examples: “My dream date is to #savourthelove while dining with my beau at @CafeBelong.” “.@OpenTableCanada I want to #savourthelove with my fiancee.” “.@OpenTableCanada I’d like to #savourthelove of amazing food with my bff @tavolavancouver.”

Be sure to check your direct messages on Twitter on February 19 so we can award your prize quickly. The full terms and conditions are after the jump.

And, don’t forget to reserve a table for you and your favourite foodie on Valentine’s DayContinue Reading

Enter the OpenTable #savorthelove 2016 Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Dinner is on us this Valentine’s Day – if you win our OpenTable #savorthelove 2016 Valentine’s Day giveaway!

To enter, follow @OpenTable on Instagram or Twitter and share a photo, video, or tweet of your most loved food, foodie, or restaurant on either network using the hashtag #savorthelove for a chance to win one of ten $200 OpenTable or AMEX Gift cards we’ll be giving away, starting Monday, February 1, 2016, through Friday, February 12, 2016. One entry per social network per person each day allowed. Be sure to follow us on the social network you use for your submission so we can contact you via direct message if you’ve won a prize.

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Entry examples: “My dream date is to #savorthelove while dining al fresco with my beau at @CavatinaLA.” “.@OpenTable I want to #savorthelove with my fiancee.” “.@OpenTable I’d like to #savorthelove of amazing food with my bff @alsplacesf.”

Be sure to check your direct messages on Instagram or Twitter each day no later than 5:00PM PST so we can award your prize quickly. The full terms and conditions are after the jump.

And, don’t forget to reserve a table for you and your favorite foodie on Valentine’s Day! To make the day even more special, find a table at one of 2016 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.Continue Reading

Happy Appiversary: The OpenTable App Celebrates 7 Years with 7 Hours of Gifts

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Join our lucky 7th Appiversary celebration! To celebrate the launch of the OpenTable app in 2008, we’ll be giving away gifts to seven winners in seven hours on November 17, 2015.

Here’s how to get enter for a chance to win. Launch the OpenTable app today between 9AM-4PM PT, and either book a reservation for any future meal OR, using the hashtag #Appiversary7, share a restaurant from the OpenTable app(learn how) on Twitter with @OpenTable. One U.S.-based winner will be selected at random every hour starting at 10AM PT. Winners will be announced on Twitter and other OpenTable social channels. In total, seven lucky winners will each receive a $100 OpenTable Gift.

Since their inception, OpenTable’s mobile platforms have seated more than 245 million people worldwide. In seven years, we’ve come a long way, with apps now available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore in multiple countries. And, exciting benefits are being added to our apps faster than ever before. We’re always cooking up lots of delicious app improvements, so we can delight diners even more.

You’re invited to get the free OpenTable app and join the celebration today!

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