Restaurant deals: Save money and help a good cause. You can do both at the same time with a new app. It’s a daily deal site with a twist of philanthropy. News 4 Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero explains how it works. Lynda, this sounds interesting.
Lynda Baquero: Yes, it’s a great idea for people. This app helps you find deals at local restaurants, so you’re saving some money there and then once you claim that deal, the eatery donates a meal to help the hungry. It launched five months ago in other cities around the country and now it’s arrived in New York.
It’s late morning on a Monday, typically a slow time for many restaurants but this is one of the times that you can find daily deals through a new website called TangoTab. Andre Angel launched the business in January.
Andre Angel, TangoTab Founder & CEO: When a consumer eats at one of our participating restaurants, TangoTab donates 20% of the revenue back to a local charity.
You heard right. When you claim a deal through TangoTab, they donate a meal. Arctica Bar & Grill on 3rd Avenue near 28th Street says it’s a win-win for consumers.
Ronan Conlon, Arctica Bar & Grill Owner: It doesn’t cost the consumer anything but they know at the end of the day that a portion of those proceeds are going back.
Angel: You can become a philanthropist without digging into your own pockets, so find a great offer, use it, it’s free and somebody else is eating because you ate. Our tagline is “when you eat, they eat”.
TangoTab claims it’s already provided more than 82,000 meals to the hungry. In New York they’ve partnered with City Harvest. Angel: One in six Americans is hungry. One in four children goes to sleep without a meal.
Conlon: It’s not a huge amount of money out of our pockets but it means a huge difference to people that are hungry or in need. You can download the TangoTab app for free and search restaurants deals around you to see what they’re offering. So far about 75 restaurants are participating in New York with plans to include many more. After all in Dallas, where the site launched, they now have almost 600 participating restaurants from casual to fine dining.
Conlon: We felt this was an easy fix that we could help hungry people during off-peak hours and it was something the staff could feel good about and that we as owners could feel good about. Come here, enjoy a cocktail, enjoy a meal and then ultimately give back as well.
Baquero: We reached out to City Harvest, which told us it looks forward to partnering with TangoTab to help feed hungry New Yorkers. City Harvest tells us 1.6 million New Yorkers lives in poverty struggling to put food on their tables and that thanks to the public support that it receives they’re able to help 300,000 men, women, and children find their next meal each week. So an interesting idea with a little twist on the daily deal site.