PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the restaurant industry, a student at Pitt is looking to help them out. He created an app called Bar Spy to help get people to patronize a business.
Computer information science major Gabriel Thrower is trying to give restaurants a fighting chance during another round of COVID-19 restrictions.
“If you were to start a restaurant within the past five years, this whole coronavirus thing would probably put you under,” Thrower said.
He’s seen his father’s restaurant get hit hard in the last 9 months.
“It’s just crazy the amount of business that isn’t happening now,” the Pitt senior said.
He had been thinking about it when he lived in the city.
“I thought to myself it would be great if there was a platform where all these people could advertise on it and let people know what they’re doing,” he said.
Then once the pandemic began, the Pitt Senior knew it was time.
After six months of work, the app was published this week.