In his career in technology, Tony Akston, 45, has traveled all over the world, eating everything from street food to meals at fancy establishments. When looking for online recommendations, the Atlanta-based businessman decided that sites like Yelp are cluttered by ads and poor design, so he devised an idea of his own. One Hundred Tables does the work for the consumer, displaying a sleek map of 100 restaurants in a given city, what the site calls “dive bars to five stars.” Restaurants must purchase squares on the map for $100 a year. To make sure they are popular enough, Akston requires them to accumulate 250 Facebook likes before qualifying for his site. He caps it at 100 restaurants per city to give the site exclusivity (late arrivals go on a waiting list by a first-come, first-served basis). Last week, the company officially announced Onehundredtables.com and as it continues to open up markets, Akston expects to be live in 20 cities by the end of month, 40 by year’s end. Eventually, the site will display 100 restaurant recommendations in 100 cities around the world.
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