Yelp adds virtual restaurant attribute to help reduce customer confusion
The Virtual Kitchens attribute can help takeout or delivery-only restaurants identify themselves to potential customers.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Yelp has rolled out a number of profile attributes for restaurants, ranging from vaccine-related notices to attributes for LGBTQ and Asian-owned businesses. Now, Yelp is rolling out a Virtual Kitchens attribute for ghost kitchens, virtual restaurants and virtual food courts to identify themselves to potential customers and cut down on confusion regarding the dining experiences they offer, the company announced Wednesday.
Why we care
In Q2 2021, business openings for food delivery services were up 166% above pre-pandemic levels, according to Yelp. While these takeout or delivery-only restaurants present customers with a potentially safer dining option, they may also disappoint customers that are looking to dine in. The Virtual Kitchens attribute may help frame expectations, and that may, in turn, result in better reviews and more business.
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- To add the attribute, first log into your Yelp for Business account. Then, go to the Business Information section. Click Add (or Edit if you have existing content) next to “Amenities and more.” Select Yes next to the attribute you’d like to display, then save the changes.
- Other Yelp profile attributes include (but are not limited to) the Asian-owned attribute, “Proof of vaccination required” and “Staff fully vaccinated” attributes and the LGBTQ-owned attribute.