Dinner Lab

    • Founded: 2011
    • Ceased Operations: 2016

What did Dinner Lab do?

Dinner Lab was a company that created pop-up restaurants in major cities around the U.S. Dinner Lab events were typically held in private homes or event spaces, and featured menus created by up-and-coming chefs. Guests were able to interact with the chefs and other diners, and learn more about the food they were eating. Dinner Lab was a popular concept, and it quickly expanded to new cities.
Dinner Lab raised a total of $10.1 million in funding over three rounds and a total of 5 investors. Dinner Lab’s investors were attracted to the company’s unique concept and its potential to disrupt the traditional dining industry.

Who started Dinner Lab?

Founder Brian Bordainick

Why did Dinner Lab go out of business?

Dinner Lab’s events were expensive to produce. Dinner Lab had to pay for the cost of renting space, hiring staff, and sourcing ingredients. These costs were often passed on to diners, which made the events less affordable. Dinner Lab faced competition from other companies that offered similar experiences, such as Feastly and Fooda.
Dinner Lab struggled to scale its business. Dinner Lab had to find new cities to expand to, and it had to train new staff in each city. This was a time-consuming and expensive process. Ultimately, Dinner Lab was unable to overcome these challenges and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2016.

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