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Crazy-Hot Restaurant Payment App Cover Launches in L.A. Today

The popular app lets you pay automatically, without ever needing to flag down the bill.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Booming restaurant payment app Cover has finally landed in Los Angeles, following a much-hyped release in cities like New York and San Francisco. They’ve been on an absolute tear with funding lately, so it’s no surprise that the tech-forward team is making a strong push for L.A. dominance.

Unlike many of the recent food apps swirling around the mobile sphere lately, Cover isn’t interested in getting groceries to your door cheaply or letting you order Thai food with a single swipe or even in snagging you impossible reservations for a small fee.

Instead, the New York-based app wants only to make your dinner payments as frictionless as possible, by allowing diners to check in at a restaurant and pay automatically, without ever looking at the bill or sweating through the math behind a half-decent tip. Receipts are emailed automatically, and a check can be split amongst several diners at once.

This all relies, of course, on either a quality or a quantity of participating restaurants — or both. For the Los Angeles roll out, which debuts today, Cover certainly seems to have hit on many of the city’s most forward-thinking restaurants. Republique will start allowing diners to use Cover immediately, as will Cliff’s Edge, Goldie’s, smoke.oil.salt, Status Kuo and more. Others will be added as they come on board with Cover — and based on the app’s popularity in New York that shouldn’t take long.


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