Eveve Takes Bite Out Of OpenTable’s Reservation Market

Twin Cities Business reported last year that a software startup was giving OpenTable a run for its money; that startup now says it handles 51.7 percent of Twin Cities reservations, although OpenTable disputes that assertion.

A couple of years ago, Scotland-based Eveve Software selected the Twin Cities as its first North American market in which to wage war with OpenTable, Inc.—making Minnesota a key battleground for how restaurants take reservations.

In May 2012, a Twin Cities Business feature story took an in-depth look at the two competitors and the ways in which Eveve hit the local market with a splash, wooing many of OpenTable’s top local restaurants based on booking volume, for example.

The Star Tribune on Sunday ran a story quite similar to Twin Cities Business’ 2012 feature article. Eveve CEO Timothy Ryan told the Minneapolis newspaper that Eveve now handles 51.7 percent of Twin Cities reservations, although OpenTable disputed that claim, saying that it is responsible for the majority of online reservations in the local market.

In a separate report, the Minneapolis newspaper said that daily-deal website Groupon has also introduced an online restaurant-booking service.