In New York, the perfect "Sunday Funday' is finding an awesome spot that serves unlimited boozy drinks, plays great music, and still allows you to get home in time for some light adulting. Now that's what you call winning. I love a great brunch there's nothing like chilling back on a Sunday just enjoying the moment. To my surprise, during a networking event, I met the CEO & Founder a new app, "CityBrunch App".
The City Brunch app allows you to find unlimited brunches within your area at the tip of your fingertips.
How cool!? I got the chance to talk to founder, Bryan Braswell on creating the app, what's it like being an entrepreneur, and his greatest words of advice.
WELCOME, BRYAN! SO, TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I'M FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK BUT I GREW UP IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.
WHERE DID THE IDEA BEGIN TO CREATE THE CITY BRUNCH APP?
Well living in New York you know that the brunch scene is pretty big. One day I was on the train and noticed an ad about a restaurant. Instantly, I thought to myself, "Why hasn't anyone created an app for brunches?" At that moment, I knew I was on to something.
WHEN DID THE APP LAUNCH?
So, the idea came about in 2015 and in June of 2017 I launched the app.
HOW WERE THE BEGINNING STAGES OF BUILDING THE APP?
Very very hard! My background is in non-profits so taking on a new role and transitioning into a world I wasn't used to meant stepping outside of my comfort zone. I couldn't be happier taking that leap of faith because within the first year I met a developer and things took off ever since!
SO, EXPLAIN HOW THE APP WORKS?
Of course, so the app is based on your location. Once you open the app you'll see two different icons. The icons look like champagne glasses of course for mimosa's... lol. So, the champagne glass without the mimosa inside indicates a restaurant that provides bottomless brunch. The glass with the mimosa indicates bottomless as well plus special promotions.
WHOA! GET OUT! I TAKE IT PROVIDING BOTTOMLESS BRUNCHES WAS YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS?
Yes! Millennials love a great boozy brunch. That was the main goal when searching for restaurants, to make sure every venue provided bottomless drinks.
WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF SCOUTING RESTAURANTS FOR THE APP?
Wow, surprisingly it was 50/50 Some owners felt what I was doing was completely insane! They weren't supportive of what I was doing which was eye-opening because I knew I had something great. Then there were owners that loved the idea! So, with the naysayers, it hasn't bothered me at all.
HOW MANY RESTAURANTS DO YOU HAVE ON BOARD TODAY?
Right now we're at 120 restaurants- and still counting.
WHAT KIND OF RESTAURANTS CAN PEOPLE FIND ON THE APP?
Literally, a little bit of everything! Mexican, Soul food, I want everyone to be able to enjoy the app and even experience new restaurants they may never have been too.
IS THE APP FOR IOS AND ANDROID?
iOS for now by 2018 we will be available in the android market.
Can we find the app in other cities?
Not at the moment, currently we are only NYC based but great things are sure to come in 2018.
What advice would you give to people seeking to become an entrepreneur?
If this begins as a part-time hustle for you as it began for me I would say stick to it. After my 9-5, I go straight home to work on the app. You have to treat your projects like a second job. It's super important to be around people that inspire you and the most important thing is to get things on paper! This is all a learning process but one that is well worth the ride.