Yelp promised USD8m investment in Nowait

Casual-dining restaurants mobile network Nowait is partnering with Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) to allow viewing nearby restaurants´ wait times and “getting in line” remotely with the Yelp app, the company said.

Catering to restaurants that don´t take reservations, Nowait helps them replace traditional pen-and-paper and buzzers with its front-of-house, iPad-based system.

As part of the partnership, Yelp will be making an USD8 million strategic investment. Nowait offers thousands of casual-dining restaurants.

Since launching their guest app, Nowait has seated more than 500 million guests to date, averaging more than 30 million guests every month.

Backed by Yelp, Drive Capital, and Birchmere Ventures, Nowait app is available for Android, as well as iOS.

Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004 and now has communities in major metros across more than 32 countries.