May 10, 2017 12:25 PM

NH natives set to launch new dining app taking aim at romance

Need the right place to take that special someone?

A couple of N.H. natives are introducing an easier way to pick that perfect place with their new mobile app Date Seat.

The app – developed by Michael Laskowski and Jake Hajec, both 25 - aims to help find the right restaurant by atmosphere and ambiance.

Date Seat, which launched in the Boston market in August of 2016 for iPhones, focuses on allowing users to query restaurants based on specific characteristics. For example, a user can select restaurants based on lighting, interior décor, proximity from other tables/parties, attire, noise level, outdoor seating, and many more. The app then outputs a set of restaurants tailored to the exact filters of your choice.

“Our app is helping to change the way people dine in the New England region,” Laskowski said. “It’s a one-stop-shop where you can easily discover and choose restaurants. We recently partnered with OpenTable and users will be able to book restaurant reservations through our app and website.”

The app also has restaurant categories like first date, classy date, casual date, after-work drinks, Sunday Funday (brunch), among others.

Already available on iOS devices, the June 1 launch will mark the app’s debut on Android devices and will introduce the new N.H. cities (as well as a few others across New England.

New cities will include restaurants from Portsmouth, Manchester, Concord, and the Lakes Region. In addition, they are also launching Newburyport, Mass. on that same day. Plans to release the next cities are currently in the works and will be announced throughout the summer.

In the short time since the limited Boston launch, the iOS app has gained traction in the market.

“In just over 6 months, we’ve acquired more than 6000 followers and there’s certainly a demand for what we’re doing,” Hajec said. “It’s something that all types of people have an issue with at one point or another. Whether you’re a couple, a traveler, or simply looking for a new place to dine or grab drinks, Date Seat makes it a little easier for you.”

The app also aims to offer services to help bring traction to restaurants looking to increase business. Services include push notifications, custom blog posts, social media features, and geo-targeting to those in the region.

For Restaurants

If you don’t see your restaurant on their app or website, you can fill out the form and add your restaurant in no time.

Services can also be reserved using the services tab on their website.

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