Restaurant.com, which offers gift certificates for more than 18,000 restaurants across the United States, has raised $8 million in equity funding according to an SEC filing. As far as I can tell, this is the first time Restaurant.com has raised funding.
We’ve reached out to the company to learn more about the financing round; particularly who the investors are and what their future plans are.
Restaurant.com is privately held and does not release financial data, but it did say it had a stellar 2011, filling more than 5.5 million tables nationwide with more than 18.4 million diners and generating approximately $400 million in revenue for the restaurant industry according to internal calculations.
Originally founded in 1999 as a search engine for restaurants, Restaurant.com has shifted its focus to become the ‘Groupon for meals’ in the past few years.
We’ll update if and when we hear back from them.