Three Apps That Help Local Restaurants Maximize Potential Revenue

Three Apps That Help Local Restaurants Maximize Potential Revenue
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Mobile applications Lulu, Bagbnb and KettleSpace are aimed at helping restaurant owners stay solvent by putting their dead hours to work through providing services unrelated to food

Ivanha Paz
  • 7 may 2018

The food industry is known for its vicissitudes, and owners can find staying afloat to be difficult. Restaurants in NYC are constantly coming and going, and long-lasting success is rare. Thankfully there are a few apps aimed at helping restaurant owners maximize their dead hours and increase revenue without serving any food. Three of the most effective ones are Lulu, which allows restaurants to charge the public for the use of the restroom; Bagbnb, which charges people to store their luggage for a few hours; and KettleSpace, a monthly subscription service that lets restaurants double as a co-working space.

Lulu, originally developed in the U.K., is currently testing in NYC, and the results look promising. City dwellers walking around often go into private establishments to use the restroom, and instead of implementing lock codes to ensure only paying costumers use them, this app offers restaurants a way to monetize public bathroom use. The fees vary between $.99 and $3.99 and the restaurant keeps a commission. The appeal is that besides making some extra cash, eateries can also use the app as a way to retain new customers using coupons, acting as an additional of free exposure.

For $6, travelers can also leave their luggage for a few hours while they explore the city. Bagbnb has a network of “angels”—local businesses with a little extra space that will store your luggage for you. Some offer additional services like printing out boarding passes or meals. According to Inc, a restaurant near Penn Station called Pennsylvania 6 has been pulling in about $2,000 extra a month with the application. Like Lulu, the service is also a way to introduce restaurants to new people.

Lastly there’s KettleSpace, a fairly new app that allows freelancers and other remote workers to work in restaurants with a high-speed internet connection for a flat fee of $99 a month. However, businesses interested in increasing their profits with this app do need to think of a few incentives, since there are other basically free alternatives, like Starbucks. Some restaurants are offering free coffee, snacks and meals.

All in all, these three apps are definitely proving to be ingenious ways for local eateries to maximize their potential revenues—even if charging for bathroom use does seem a little odd.

Bagbnb | Lulu | KettleSpace

The food industry is known for its vicissitudes, and owners can find staying afloat to be difficult. Restaurants in NYC are constantly coming and going, and long-lasting success is rare. Thankfully there are a few apps aimed at helping restaurant owners maximize their dead hours and increase revenue without serving any food. Three of the most effective ones are Lulu, which allows restaurants to charge the public for the use of the restroom; Bagbnb, which charges people to store their luggage for a few hours; and KettleSpace, a monthly subscription service that lets restaurants double as a co-working space.

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