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Smartphone app helps bring strangers together over meals

Published on Feb 5, 2013 12:05 AM

TORONTO (REUTERS) - Looking for new friends or dinner partners? A new smartphone app is designed to help people connect to others to set up groups for dinners.

The app, GrubTonight, links hungry and adventurous smartphone users for dinners, fun evenings and friendship.

"We wanted to build a real-time spontaneous app where any night of the week you could go out and eat, because you need to eat anyway, and also have a social outing," said Eddy Lu, CEO and co-founder of Grubwithus Inc, an online community for group meals based in Los Angeles, California.

Users can browse group dinners through the app, which works with restaurants to fill open seats. Each night, there are three prix-fixe group dinners available. Bookings for the meals, which average about US$20 (S$26), are made through the app. The meal includes a shared appetiser, entree and a drink.

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