For nearly five years now I’ve been telling you about all kinds of awesome stuff in Louisville, including restaurants. It’s been kind of a personal mission to help spread the word about great Louisville restaurants because the more you know about them the more you can support them and the more you support them the more they grow and build awesome dining experiences for all of us. Circle of winning right?
Now I want to take “spreading the word” to a new level. I want to build an iPhone (and hopefully Android) app called “Menu and Hours” and I need your help to do that.
I get a little twitchy when my iPhone is too far away from me so when I’m looking up information about restaurants the vast majority of the time I’m doing it on my iPhone and truthfully I think that experience sucks. When I’m looking for restaurant information I mostly just want to know when the restaurant is open and what is on the menu. Using Google and my phone’s browser to find that info takes far more clicks than I want it to and just as often as not the information I do get is either incomplete or inaccurate.
Menu and Hours is going to be a native iPhone app that has the location, contact info, hours and menus of dozens and dozens (I’m shooting for at least 75 and hopefully 100 at launch) of menus from independent restaurants. Native means it will be slicker, faster and easier to use than a web app. And because this is a Consuming Louisville joint you know you can count on me to update the app’s content on a regular basis to make sure you’re getting accurate info about awesome places to eat in Louisville.
Obviously I think this is a good idea. I mean if someone else had already built an app like this I would have already bought it from them and we wouldn’t be having this conversation. But I’m just one person and maybe what I’m looking for in an app isn’t what other people are looking for. So I’ve launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the app’s development. The two reasons for doing that are:
1. If you want to build a kickass app (which I do) you have to hire a kickass designer and developer and those folks don’t work for peanuts.
2. To prove or disprove that the community wants an app like this. If the Kickstarter project flames out spectacularly then I’ll know that I’m the oddball for wanting an app like this. If the Kickstart project succeeds I’ll know that I’m not just a crazy person who is a little too obsessed with Louisville restaurants.
So without further delay here is the dorky video (I’m a dork myself so I can’t help but make a dorky video) I made about the project and all the rest of the details:
If you want to support Menu and Hours and support your own business at the same time perhaps you’d like to advertise on Consuming Louisville. For the length of the Kickstarter project I’ll be offering a 20% discount on Consuming Louisville’s ad rates.