Let me set a scene for you.
You move to a new city. You work a lot and don’t have much time to meet new people. Or maybe you want an easy way to try new restaurants, because, you know, you like to eat. And you’d like to eat with like-minded people.
If it does, then you know how Grubwithus co-founders Daishin Sugano and Eddy Lu felt when they started the dining social network two years ago. They had moved to Chicago after quitting their big-time corporate jobs to open a Beard Papa’s franchise and found themselves working and spending all their free time together. Making friends in a new city was tough, and Sugano’s efforts to bond with people over a mutual appreciation for basketball didn’t work (maybe wearing a Lakers cap in Bulls territory wasn’t the best idea).
Then one day, Sugano and Lu, while lamenting their loneliness, looked over at a restaurant across the street and asked themselves, “Why can’t we meet people there?” And just like that, the idea for Grubwithus was born.
Now, Grubwithus is operating throughout the United States and in parts of Canada and the United Kingdom with more than 65,000 users and 1,000 restaurants, so you’re sure to find someone you can eat and socialize with. Just create a free profile and choose some interests. Then browse the meals, which include those at Border Grill, The Tasting Kitchen and Gjelina here in Los Angeles, and reserve a seat. The price of the meal includes food, tax and gratuity, so it’s pretty hassle-free. If you want booze, you’ll have to pay separately, though. You can even start your own topic, and when enough people like it, you can build a meal around it. And if you’d like to create your own meal, Grubwithus will work with you and your preferred restaurant to set something up.
Meeting new people and trying new food has never been easier.