ResQ, whose software platform manages restaurant repair and maintenance tasks, has raised $7.5 million in seed funding, bringing its total funding thus far to $9 million. Homebrew, Golden Ventures, and Inovia Capital led the round, which also saw participation from various angel investors, including Instacart president Nilam Ganenthiran, Gokul Rajaram (Doordash, Board of Pinterest and Coinbase), and AirBnb’s Lenny Rachitsky, among others. ResQ’s restaurant customers, including Yum Brands! franchisee Soul Foods, also participated.
The company’s technology focuses on a very specific part of the restaurant back of house: repairs and maintenance. Through the ResQ platform, restaurants can request, manage, and pay for a service, as well as manage the documents for these things.
ResQ also connects restaurants with a network of contractors able to perform those services. The company’s ever-growing list of available services right now includes HVAC, refrigeration, electrical, janitorial, plumbing, pest control, grease trap cleaning, preventative maintenance, and just about anything else needed to keep a restaurant kitchen up and running.
Digitizing the management of such things would, ResQ suggests, help with revenue recovery in the restaurant back of house. The company says restaurants typically spend between 3 and 5 percent of annual sales on repairs, and that the ResQ platform has saved businesses 10 to 30 percent in annual repairs and maintenance spend.
Keeping costs in the restaurant back of house down has been a topic of growing interest for the last several months. Lockdowns and restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic decimated already-thin margins for businesses. Many have said digitizing the back of house, whether through inventory management, back office-focused platforms, or maintenance management, is an important way to keep costs down. Granted, much of that talk comes from the tech companies selling these services and the investors funneling money into them. Realistically, smaller, independent restaurants won’t necessarily have the budget to pay for more software, at least not while the industry slowly recovers.
For its part, ResQ has plenty of bigger restaurant chains that are clients in the meantime. That list currently includes Wendy’s, Burger King, Panera, KFC, and Taco Bell, to name a few.
ResQ will use its new funding to build up its team and launch its service in new markets. Currently, ResQ is available in Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Chicago.