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Restaurants using Twitter

UPDATED:  Mar 5, 2009 – More restaurants are using twitter!  I’ve added 17 more to my original list, and I’m sure there are a lot more out there.  Please add any you know to the comments!

or, how some are using the social media tool Twitter.com to engage diners online!

What is Twitter, you ask?

The easiest way to think about it is as a “mini blog” – it’s a series of posts you make that’s limited to only 140 characters — perfect for the busy restaurateur or chef!  Here’s the wikipedia definition:

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.  Updates are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email…”

Here are some of the restaurants or owners/GM’s/chefs I know of using twitter — check out what they have to say.  And, feel free to add others I don’t know about in the comments section below.

Restaurant / Twitterer Location Number of Tweets
http://twitter.com/21stAmendment San Francisco 139
http://twitter.com/BambooStix Wichita, KS 179
http://twitter.com/Caffeposto Wichita, KS 1003
http://twitter.com/CarlsJr Chain 561
http://twitter.com/ChefTony Bethesda, MD 1438
http://twitter.com/CrustRestaurant Phoenix, AZ 14
http://twitter.com/Devotay Iowa City, IA 303
http://twitter.com/DunkinDonuts Chain 468
http://twitter.com/herbstreet Dublin, Ireland 57
http://twitter.com/hottunavb Virginia Beach, VA 10
http://twitter.com/jasonsdeli Various 774
http://twitter.com/kogibbq LA 822
http://twitter.com/lafuriachalaca Oakland, CA 26
http://twitter.com/laudisio Boulder, CO 46
http://twitter.com/louisianacafe Denham Spgs, LA 11
http://twitter.com/meadscorner Wichita, KS 88
http://twitter.com/Ndelhi Philadelphia 20
http://twitter.com/ninemile Asheville, NC 1059
http://twitter.com/oldglory_gtown DC 1
http://twitter.com/OmahaNashville Nashville, TN 43
http://twitter.com/orlandoichiban Orlando, FL 497
http://twitter.com/Panaros Buffalo, NY 334
http://twitter.com/PopeyesChicken Chain 1400
http://twitter.com/queencitygrill Seattle 45
http://twitter.com/rbrig2 Boulder, CO 1132
http://twitter.com/RickshawTruck NYC 200
http://twitter.com/RileysCafe Cedar Rapids, IA 90
http://twitter.com/RiversidePerk ? 50
http://twitter.com/shultzys Seattle 236
http://twitter.com/snowcitycafe Anchorage, AK 82
http://twitter.com/squareonebistro Bryan, TX 776
http://twitter.com/Starbucks Chain 1162
http://twitter.com/thedonutwhole ? 38
http://twitter.com/TheTreatsTruck NYC 195
http://twitter.com/vintagekitchen Norfolk, VA 6
http://twitter.com/waffletruck NYC 349
http://twitter.com/westcafepdx Portland, OR 194
http://twitter.com/Yats Various 28

Using Google Maps to increase restaurant visibility

David Harris, owner of Al Jano’s Italian Restaurant in Atlanta shares his experiences using Google maps to gain visibility against the major chains (Dominos, Papa John’s) in the competitive “Pizza” category. You can read more here.

One suggestion for you David, and for all restaurant owners who have a website – include your complete business address in the footer of every single page on your website. Makes it easier for search engines to associate your website to their local listings data (and easier for us out-of-town browsers, as well)

Market your restaurant on the Internet…

This is a blog where I’ll share ideas, insights, experiences, and results that restaurant owners and other small business owners have used to build exposure to their restaurant online. We’ll cover search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), websites, landing pages, social networking, and any other tools local restaurants use to generate traffic, buzz, and new customers. Please feel free to contribute, and provide feedback.

Disclosure: I’m employed by BooRah (www.boorah.com) – you can read about our free restaurant promotion tools at our blog – blog.boorah.com