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OpenTable vs Apple

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Since news came out that Apple is seeking a patent for an all-encompassing reservation and ordering system, would-be rival OpenTable has seen its stock prices go down today by some 3.51%. Apple's patent-pending system would offer customers the ability to make reservations, order, and track their place on the wait list from their iPhone or iPad. [Bloomberg via @qualityrye]