'Uber For Restaurants' WelcomeOver Lets You Dine At A Stranger's House

20/04/2016 7:08 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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If you're heading out for dinner with friends this week, consider a paleo feast, an Asian steam boat dinner or Mayan tamales.

These are all dinner experiences being put on offer by everyday people in their own homes through new platform WelcomeOver, which is essentially Uber for dining.

WelcomeOver hosts describe the meal they'll plan on serving, the number of people they can accommodate in their living room and a price per head.

People can browse and book like a regular restaurant and receive the address. Some experiences are for a single group, others can accommodate a few groups in share-table arrangements.

Founder Johan Schyberg told The Huffington Post Australia it was based on similar international versions, but for a laid-back Australian audience.

"We're hoping the restaurant-going crowd who are open to a new experience will see this as something different," Schyberg said.

"For me personally, I always prefer going to the bar that's down the quiet little alley instead of the big establishment pub.

"WelcomeOver is a little bit like the bar with no sign, it's a different experience not everyone knows about."

But what about safety and security concerns? Schyberg told HuffPost there were some "grey areas" but all hosts underwent police checks and there was a rating system much like Uber or Airbnb, where hosts and guests were scored.

"Hopefully it will create a bit of a community like Airbnb," Schyberg said.

One such area is alcohol. Liquor licencing laws state individuals cannot sell alcohol, so the cost of a WelcomeOver experience cannot include wine.

Like Uber, Airbnb and other disruptive services, Schyberg said he felt there was a market in Australia for restaurant alternatives.

"There was a similar experience in Indonesia marketed mostly for tourists but I think here, it's going to be more about the locals," Schyberg said.

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