Daily deals coupon website LivingSocial has announced an Internet food-ordering service. Through LivingSocial, customers will be able to order all kinds of food from participating restaurants over the Internet. The service is called “Takeout & Delivery,” which offers real-time discounts with certain constraints. LivingSocial said that this service was a testing ground for their new food-focused offering.
LivingSocial’s new service has over 2,700 restaurants in 26 U.S. markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, etc. This means that LivingSocial will be competing directly against GrubHub and Seamless.com.
LivingSocial said that phone takeout orders can sometimes be a “painful experience” that requires looking for a menu in drawing and giving out credit card information. Restaurants don’t have to pay to join the service, but LivingSocial will get an unspecified cut of revenue they bring in to the website.