Saturday, April 19, 2014 · 5:26 a.m.
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Officials with online reservations company OpenTable Inc. announced that they purchased Chattanooga business Quickcue in an $11.5 million deal. 

"We're excited to welcome the talented Quickcue team to our restaurant technology group," Joseph Essas, chief technology officer of OpenTable, said in a prepared statement.

Quickcue is a restaurant waitlist, reservation, text message notification and table management system. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the company at its Spirit of Innovation Awards.

Quickcue leaders also participated in a 2011 48-Hour Launch event. Click here to read about that.  

Local restaurants such as The Terminal used Quickcue to take reservations and let customers know when their table was available. The iPad app allowed restaurant staff to manage customers, and it sent texts to customers when the table was available. It also provided estimated wait times. 

Nine Quickcue team members will be joining OpenTable, which books more than 12 million diners a month via online bookings and is used in more than 30,000 restaurants nationwide. 

Quickcue team members will continue to work out of Chattanooga, and OpenTable will support about 40 existing Quickcue customers, according to a news release. 

Leaders have plans to discontinue the current Quickcue product to new customers while officials work out its next product. 

 "We're looking forward to working with the Quickcue engineering team to accelerate our efforts, aimed at providing our customers with the most sophisticated mobile waitlist technology on the market, and developing our next-generation hospitality solutions for restaurants that are primarily walk-in but accept reservations," Essas also said. 

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