'Groupon' on Serious Eats

Served: The Restaurant Coupon Invasion

Several months ago, our owner Debbie signed up for one of the first of Philadelphia OpenTable's Groupon-style deals. Unless you're living deep in a hole, you've heard of Groupon and its siblings: Living Social, Buy With Me, Deal On, and the rest. For restaurants, websites like Zagat and OpenTable offer nearly identical packages. As a new(ish) restaurant with a nonexistent PR budget, we liked that these promotions would bring in new business. But in some instances, we eat a lot of the bill. More

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