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HungryGoWhere Closes Shop After 15 Years: How It Affects You Foodies

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After a 15 year stint, restaurant review and booking platform HungryGoWhere will close its doors on 11 July 2021. Here’s how it’ll affect you.

HungryGoWhere has announced that it will cease operations from 11 July 2021, calling time on a 15 year stint which saw it briefly become the go-to guide for all things F&B related.

The company released a short statement on its Facebook page: 

“After serving Singapore’s diners for an amazing 15 years, HungryGowhere.com will be ceasing operations, and our last day of service is 11 July 2021. We hope that we’ve helped make dining out a better experience for you, and that you will continue to support the awesome restaurants, eateries and hawkers in Singapore.”

Founded in 2006 by three food-loving individuals, HungryGoWhere gained popularity for its food reviews, and later expanded to offer reservations and dining rewards. It was acquired by Singtel in 2012 for S$12 million, but failed to find its niche in an increasingly crowded restaurant tech space. 

What about existing HungryGoWhere reservations?

HungryGowhere will still accept restaurant reservations for dates up till 11 July 2021. Customers can continue to make new reservations or change existing ones, while restaurants will not be charged any fees for June and July 2021 (not that a lot of people are likely to be dining in during this time!).

If you’re holding an existing reservation that falls on 12 July 2021 or later, you should call the restaurant to reconfirm your booking. 

What about HungryRewards?

HungryGoWhere users will know that the platform has its own loyalty scheme, known as HungryRewards. Diners earn Hungry$ for every fulfilled reservation, which can then be cashed out to a Singtel Dash wallet at a rate of Hungry$1 = S$1 Dash credit. Dash credit can be spent via the app or the Singtel Dash virtual Visa card, making it as good as cash.

The HungryRewards program will be discontinued from 30 June 2021, and users can transfer outstanding Hungry$ into Singtel Dash credits till then. More crucially, HungryGoWhere has removed the minimum S$15 transfer requirement, so users can transfer any amount of Hungry$ into Dash credits.

Assuming dine-in resumes later in June, there might be a limited-time opportunity to earn a few quick dollars through the reservation system, since HungryGoWhere awards Hungry$1 for the first reservation, Hungry$2 for the second and so on. The lack of a Hungry$15 minimum cashout means you could book a couple of meals and take out your cash immediately. 

What about HungryGoWhere’s content?

As HungryGoWhere is winding down its operations, all its content will also be removed at the end of the day on 11 July 2021. If you have written any reviews on the platform and wish to save them, you’ll need to do so before this date.

What alternative platforms are available?

Those looking to make reservations can still rely on other platforms like Chope, Quandoo and Eatigo. 

Some of these have their own rewards program, creating an incentive to choose one service and stick with it. For example, Chope diners earn Chope$, which can be redeemed for discounts on dining vouchers or a limited range of partner rewards. Quandoo has a cashback scheme where diners can accumulate points and cash them out to their bank account. 

Eatigo doesn’t have a loyalty scheme, although the ability to get up to 50% off your meal is a powerful draw indeed. 

Conclusion

While HungryGoWhere had already faded in prominence due to the rise of Chope and other competitors, it’ll always hold that little nostalgia factor thanks to its early vintage.

If you have Hungry$, don’t forget to cash them out to a Singtel Dash wallet as soon as possible, and if you have reservations made from 12 July 2021, be sure to reconfirm them with the restaurant. 

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