Raleigh, N.C. — CurEat, a new mobile app developed in the Triangle, is trying to encourage people to dine at locally owned and operated businesses.
CurEat creator Steve Mangano said he wanted to create an app that wasn't dominated by negative, customer-driven reviews. Always looking for local restaurants (not chains) when he was traveling, Mangano was inspired to have CurEaters, chefs and food purveyors in each city to provide their top picks.
Local CurEaters, also known as local restaurant pros, in the Triangle include chefs Ashley Christensen and Scott Crawford and Fullsteam Brewery's Sean Lily Wilson.
"I’m honored that guests and friends count on me for restaurant recommendations when they travel. CurEat allows me to curate thoughtful lists that can be easily referenced and added to," Christensen said in a statement.
Users can take advantage of the CurEater recommendations or create their own lists of restaurants to share with friends and family. Lists can be shared via text message or social media. As a user creates more lists, the app will further refine restaurant tastes and curate its lists for the user based on those findings.
Mangano, a New York native who got his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, was involved in revitalization projects in downtown Durham, including the space now home to 21C Museum Hotel. He was also one of the forces behind Pullen Place Cafe at Pullen Park.
Mangano he wanted to launch the CurEat app and its CurEater program in the Triangle first because it is his home.
The CurEat app, developed by Oak City Labs, is available in the iTunes app store. It features a list of local restaurants in more than 60 cities across the country.
CurEat is having an app launch party Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Food Bank of North Carolina.