What Spot Now? Launches Location-Based App That Offers a Peek into Your Favorite Restaurants and Bars

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Ever wonder why location-based apps haven’t caught up to your Jetsons-like vision of the future? Shouldn’t you be able to peek into a bar or restaurant before you redeem coupons or share your location? What Spot Now?, created by the team behind some of the most praised mobile Web applications, announced today the flagship service that makes transparency more than a buzzword.

What Spot Now? allows you to inspect an establishment from any mobile browser, choose coupons to make a visit worth your while and monitor online chatter about the spot.

Ever wonder why location-based apps haven’t caught up to your Jetsons-like vision of the future? Shouldn’t you be able to peek into a bar or restaurant before you redeem coupons or share your location? What Spot Now?, created by the team behind some of the most praised mobile Web applications, announced today the flagship service that makes transparency more than a buzzword.

What Spot Now?’s new mobile app allows you to inspect an establishment from any mobile browser, choose coupons to make a visit worth your while and monitor online chatter about the spot. Unlike any other location-based app on the market, What Spot Now? combines software and hardware (security cameras), to help patrons both save money and discover new places to hang out – discovery not based on hearsay, but reality.

“Say you’re looking for a café with an open table or a bar that’s going off. With What Spot Now?, you can do all of that from your phone,” said Luke Sontag, CEO of What Spot Now? “And restaurant and bar owners can both incent patrons with promotions that appear when business is slow and better manage their establishments while away.”

The development team behind What Spot Now?, which is responsible for iPhone apps for Barnes & Noble and the Smithsonian Institute, has invested considerable time in optimizing security cameras for Web accessibility and has worked with restaurant and bar management to make the most of the app’s features.

Kicking off the service in Portland, Ore., a hotbed for both culinary and mobile app development, What Spot Now? launches today with 11 locations you can view from your phone before leaving your home. Portland residents will recognize such names as Saucebox Café & Bar, Bridgeport Brewing Company: Brewpub, 23 Hoyt Restaurant & Bar, The Someday Lounge, Schmizza Pub & Grub, Backspace, On Deck Sports Bar & Grill, Bo Restobar, Bailey’s Taproom, La Costita on Barbur, and the Crown Room.

“Being able to peek into establishments before visiting them is the future of location-based apps – we’re just the first with a very unique approach,” said Kiyo Kubo, COO of What Spot Now? “Not only will What Spot Now? benefit patrons, but also restaurant and bar management looking to strengthen relationships with their customers and better operate according to demand.”

What Spot Now? is available today for free as an iPhone app at the iTunes Store or via any mobile phone browser at m.whatspotnow.com. Restaurant and bar owners interested in joining the program can contact info(at)whatspotnow(dot)com.

About What Spot Now?
What Spot Now? is a Portland, Ore.-based location-based software application company formed by the founders of Spotlight Mobile and Vidoop. For more information, please visit http://www.whatspotnow.com.
For more information, please contact:

Kiyo Kubo
COO
What Spot Now?
813-413-1375 (until 1/1/11)
503-504-5759 (after 1/1/11)
info(at)whatspotnow(dot)com

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