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MojoBistro Celebrates a Successful Return to the 2013 National Restaurant Association Show

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 5/23/2013 | 2013 NRA Show


MojoBistro at the NRA
MojoBistro marked its second appearance at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois from May 18-21. Once again, the show was a huge success, drawing in a crowd of interested restaurateurs and potential partnerships. The app design station featured at the booth was extremely popular, attracting convention goers with the opportunity to have their very own app created while at the show.

MojoBistro's NRA BoothMojoBistro’s app design station provided attendees the opportunity to preview what a custom branded mobile app would look like for their restaurant. Onsite design covered all available features including event calendar integration, menus, reservation capabilities, social media connections and coupons. In addition, attendees’ apps were personalized using the available App Icon and Splash Screen features as well as the customizable app backgrounds and fonts.

More than 60 lucky attendees were given the opportunity to reserve an app preview in advance of the show. In addition, all convention attendees were able to have MojoBistro’s onsite design and development team create a preview app while at the show. In total, over the course of the show, more than 200 restaurants took advantage of the opportunity to preview their mobile app. Interest was so high, that MojoBistro required offsite assistance to keep up with the overwhelming demand.

In honor of the show, MojoBistro is offering a show special available through June 15, 2013. Simply purchase the 12-Month, $99 Interactive Subscription—providing you with a robust collection of features including event calendar integration, menus, reservation capabilities, social media connections and coupons—and you will receive Built By MojoBistro app design ($250 Value) and 2 Free Platforms, one of which must be Windows 8 ($499 Value).

Take advantage of this great offer and you will have the opportunity to create a unique app tailored to your brand and style. It’s the perfect way to successfully build upon your growing mobile presence.

Want to learn more about MojoBistro and our advanced, in-app features? Contact us today!


MojoBistro and Microsoft Corporation join together at 2013 National Restaurant Association Show

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 5/17/2013 | 2013 NRA Show


MojoBistro at the NRA
MojoBistro has partnered with Microsoft Corporation to provide an additional platform for its restaurant-centric mobile apps. The partnership will be highlighted at the upcoming 2013 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois from May 18-21. This will be the second NRA show for MojoBistro, who will be promoting its newly created Windows 8 phone platform at their booth, #5670, within the Technology Pavilion.

MojoBistro Windows 8 App Platform

The Windows 8 platform, resulting from the collaboration between MojoBistro and Microsoft, will enable restaurant owners to reach their mobile customers through additional channels. The enhanced platform will feature all the advanced, in-app features currently found in MojoBistro’s existing Android and iOS apps including event calendar integration, menus, reservation capabilities, social media connections, coupons and the ability for customization and personalization.

A Microsoft representative will be available at the MojoBistro booth discussing the Windows 8 features that will be available in the next release and answering any questions NRA attendees may have about the new platform and its capabilities.

To celebrate this successful partnership and new platform launch, stop by the booth during the show and you will receive a free Windows 9 app!

Can’t make the show? Sign up today for your 12 month MojoBistro subscription and you’ll get three platforms free (Windows, iOS and Android). Now is the perfect time to go mobile. Let MojoBistro help you reach your on-the-go customers today!

Want to learn more about MojoBistro and its advanced features? Contact us today!


Restaurant Rave Roundup for the 2013 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago

Posted by Kate Seiferth | 5/15/2013 | 2013 NRA Show


Veteran visitors of the National Restaurant Association Show (NRA Show) know that eating all day at the show comes par for the course. If you are still hungry afterwards, it’s a miracle. However, if you are visiting from out of town for the 2013 NRA Show, you might want to take this opportunity to try some of Chicago’s unique and delectable dining venues—even if it is just to grab a cocktail, craft brew, appetizer, or dessert.

Here is a roundup of some of MojoBistro’s favorite haunts in town to try while you are visiting:

union sushiUnion Sushi and Barbecue Bar, Near North Side, $$$
230 W. Erie St., Chicago IL
(312) 662-4888
www.eatatunion.com

I wasn’t an obsessed sushi fan until I found Union Sushi. Now I am hooked! Union is my go-to place to hangout with girlfriends after work for cocktails and sushi. Whether we sit at the sushi bar, by the barbecue, or in the dining room, we always have a fabulous time! Read our full review here.

The Cape Cod Room
The Cape Cod Room, The Gold Coast, $$$-$$$$

The Drake, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL
(312) 787-2200
www.thedrakehotel.com/dine/cape-cod

There is truly something magical about the historic Cape Cod Room at The Drake. Perhaps it is the divided dining spaces and enormous wooden booths that create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, making you feel like you are dining in your own home. It could be the historic relevance, literally carved into the famous wooden bar, of a restaurant that dates back to 1933 and has continuously been named as one of America’s finest dining spots. Read our full review here.

Market Restaurant and BarMarket Restaurant and Sports Bar, Near West Side, $$
1113 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
312.929.4787
www.marketbarchicago.com

Looking for the perfect place to watch the big game, to enjoy a cool drink year round in a covered and heated beer garden, or to take in the beautiful Chicago skyline unhindered? Look no further than Market Restaurant & Sports Bar. Read our full review here.

mercadito
Mercadito Chicago, Near North Side, $$$

108 W. Kinzie St., Chicago
(312) 329-9555
www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/

Mercadito just might be my favorite Mexican restaurant in Chicago! It definitely gets my vote for restaurant with the best margarita in town. There is simply nothing better than a margarita on the rocks made with freshly squeezed lime juice and good tequila after a long week at work. Hands down as far as I’m concerned, Mercadito has one of the freshest and tastiest margaritas in town as well as a first-rate line up of tequilas. Read our full review here.

The Gage
The Gage, The Loop, $$$

24 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
www.thegage.com

Just steps from Chicago’s famed Millennium Park, The Gage combines the laid-back atmosphere of a European pub with the refinement and high-quality menu of a top-notch dining establishment. The vintage decor, from the historical facades to the floor-to-ceiling windows evoke a feeling of classic elegance. For a peak at the past, check out the early 20th century theater magazine advertisements for Gage hats that line the staircase to the restaurant’s lower level. Read our full review here.

Chuck's Manufacturing
Chuck's Manufacturing, The Loop, $$

224 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-6700
www.chucksmanufacturing.com

This unique dining destination is conveniently located at the heart of Chicago’s renown Michigan Avenue. The atmosphere can only be described as bold and eclectic, resembling something out of a Roald Dahl novel. Bold acrylics and  bright CMYK colors—the base colors used for all color construction—represent the restaurant’s manufacturing roots. Read our full review here.

Read all of our Restaurant Raves here. And, don’t forget to stop by Booth #5670 at the show to say hello to MojoBistro!

Develop an App for your Restaurant at MojoBistro's NRA Show Booth

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 5/13/2013 | 2013 NRA Show


MojoBistro at the NRA
On May 18-21, MojoBistro will be participating in the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. For the second consecutive year, MojoBistro will be showcasing its comprehensive, convenient and accessible mobile app platform. Make sure to visit MojoBistro, located at Booth #5670 within the Technology Pavilion, as they will be pulling out all the stops with their new, interactive app design station.

MojoBistro Test Kitchen

MojoBistro understands that between running a restaurant and catering to customers, it can be hard to find the time to develop and implement a mobile app. Creating your mobile app doesn’t have to be a chore. With MojoBistro, restaurant owners can simply follow the integrated wizard to create a fully functional, personalized app. At this years’ show, MojoBistro is focused on showing customers just how easy it is to create a fully-functional, top-of-the-line, mobile app for their restaurant.

Convention goers can check out MojoBistro’s intuitive Test Kitchen at their booth’s design station. Featuring an integrated web wizard that navigates users through the content entry process, the Test Kitchen makes it easy for customers to created a fully personalized app. The MojoBistro team will be on hand to build a fully custom branded mobile app preview for interested visitors.

Onsite design will cover all available app features. Using the Test Kitchen, guests will be shown the development process and have the opportunity to personalize features including event calendar integration, menus, reservation capabilities, social media connections and coupons. In addition, attendees can update the appearance of their app using the available App Icon and Splash Screen features as well as the customizable app backgrounds and fonts. For a more in-depth view of our available features, check out our MojoBistro: Feature Series.

Make sure to stop by Booth #5670 to learn more about how MojoBistro can help your restaurant connect with the mobile market and let our developers create an app for you! Want to learn more? Contact us today!


MojoBistro Returns to the National Restaurant Association Show

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 4/29/2013 | 2013 NRA Show


MojoBistro at the NRA
MojoBistro will once again be participating in the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois from May 18-21. This year will mark MojoBistro’s second time at the NRA show. Make sure to take the time to visit MojoBistro, located at Booth #5670 within the Technology Pavilion, as they will be pulling out all the stops with their new, interactive app design station.

Show attendees will be able to check out MojoBistro’s integrated web wizard while the MojoBistro team builds them their own custom branded mobile app. Onsite design will cover all available app features including event calendar integration, menus, reservation capabilities, social media connections and coupons. In addition, attendees can personalize their app using the available App Icon and Splash Screen features as well as the customizable app backgrounds and fonts. Learn more about available features with our MojoBistro: Feature Series.Mobile apps for restaurants

In addition to this year’s app design station, MojoBistro will also be offering 99 apps for pre-show reservation. Interested parties will be able to reserve a spot in advance of the show and MojoBistro’s designer with create a custom mobile app just for them, ready to be viewed immediately upon arrival. It’s a great way for busy attendees to see a finalized, branded mobile app for their restaurant without having to do any of the design work—MojoBistro will do it for you! Only 99 app reservations are available and they are going fast! Click here to grab yours today! No commitment and no contract make it the perfect opportunity to test drive a mobile app for your restaurant.

MojoBistro was built specifically to offer restaurants a robust collection of features for both iPhone and Android at an affordable price, while enabling restaurants to easily create a unique app tailored to their brand and style to successfully build upon their growing mobile presence. Want to learn more? Contact us today!