India-based restaurant search app Zomato announced Wednesday that they have acquired NexTable, a US-based table reservations platform.
The news comes shortly after Zomato acquired MaplePOS, a cloud-based POS product for restaurants.
NexTable lets its users make restaurant reservations in real time. The service will soon be renamed to Zomato Book, and will be used to compete against OpenTable and SeatMe from Yelp, TechCrunch reported.
Zomato has made nine acquisitions in the past nine months. The company has been focusing on creating a seamless in-app experience for customers, moving beyond just restaurant search and discovery, into table reservations, online ordering, and in-app cashless payments.
“We want to own the communication layer between restaurant businesses and customers. NexTable will add to this layer by bringing in the convenience of easy, online reservations for thousands of restaurants to our millions of users.” said Pankaj Chaddah, co-founder and COO, Zomato.
TC DeSilva, founder and CEO, Nextable said that the acquisition solves the problem of scaling the team and scaling a product that doesn’t have a significant consumer experience. “Zomato solves both these issues for us, and we are excited to partner with them to realise the true potential of what we have built.” he said.