Never Wait in a Burgatory Line Again

Pittsburgh is the first test market for NoWait, an app that lets you skip the queue at your favorite restaurants.


“Don’t you love it when you go to the bathroom and you come back to find your food waiting for you?” — Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction

There’s nothing better than the serendipity of a perfectly timed trip to the bathroom at a restaurant. But now you can one-up Uma Thurman and skip the entire process of waiting for a table.

NoWait, an app developed here in Pittsburgh, lets users sign in to a virtual queue at a restaurant whenever they want. You don’t even have to be at the restaurant. Is the wait time at BRGR 45 minutes? Get in line with NoWait 20 minutes before you leave your house.

When your table is ready, you’ll receive a text message. The app also shows real-time updates of your place in line.

If you’ve ever eaten at BRGR or Burgatory, you’re probably familiar with this virtual queue. Those hot spots, along with Harris Grill and Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, are just some of the early adopters in NoWait’s trial phase.

The free app will soon be available to all foodies. Sign up here for a chance to be one of the first beta testers. You’ll be skipping the line to skip the line. Brilliant.

Come to think of it, another line from Tarantino’s classic scene at Jack Rabbit Slim’s would also apply to these trendy burger bars.

“Did you just order a five-dollar shake? A five-dollar shake? That’s milk and ice cream. That’s five dollars? You don’t put bourbon in it or nothin’?”

Vincent Vega: culinary soothsayer.


#Props: ATHENA Award Finalists Announced


Let’s give a round of applause to the five women leaders who have been named finalists for the 2013 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards. They were selected from a list of 39 nominees for their professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women in the region.

The finalists are:

  • Lenore Blum, distinguished career professor of computer science, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Theresa Bone, vice president & corporate controller, EQT Corporation

  • Maurita Bryant, assistant chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

  • Laura Ellsworth, partner-in-charge, Jones Day, Pittsburgh Office

  • Titina Ott, vice president worldwide alliance & channels, Oracle Corporation


The winner will be announced at the ATHENA Awards Program Luncheon on Sept. 30 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

Want to network with some of Pittsburgh’s brightest? Get tickets here.


What’s going on today?


  • Recreating Pink Floyd's timeless music for more than five years, The Machine will be performing at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. — 8 p.m.


  • Get the story behind a musical legend as Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story rocks the Benedum Center to end the CLO's summer season. — Through Aug. 4; 8 p.m.


  • Join in the excitement at PNC Park as the now-first place Pirates take on the Cardinals for the fourth of a five-game series — 7:05 p.m.


  • Pretend you’re a kid again and hop on “The Lozziwurm,” a playground installation outside the Carnegie Museum of Art. Created by Swiss artist Yvan Pestalozzi, the twisted source of fun is part of “The Playground Project,” affiliated with the Carnegie International.


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