Mike Lazer-Walker, a New York-based developer whom you should high-five if you ever get the chance, has built a free iOS app that let’s you anonymously talk to other customers when you’re in an Applebee’s restaurant.
Whatsapplebee’s—which is not affiliated with or endorsed by the restaurant chain—bills itself as the premier social chat app for fans of Applebee’s. And according to its website, it strictly enforces the location-based nature of the messaging service, unlike competitors T.G.I. Friendster or Olive Grindr.
PSFK reports that the app is exclusive for Applebee’s customers who are at the restaurant at the same time.
“The app uses iPhone location services to determine whether the users are currently inside an Applebee’s or are within 100 meters of one. Once a user is out of that coverage area, they can no longer chat with anyone who’s in the restaurant,” writes PSFK.
So far the iTunes App Store reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. One reviewer writes,
Some users, however, have reported technical glitches.
Still, we’re sure these are minor teething problems that will be ironed out when the next version is released.