New BargainBite Site Better Than Bungee Jumping

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We must have been good this year!

There is a new website that offers major discounts (how does 30 percent off your bill sound?) at some of the best restaurants in Miami. BargainBite.com is kind of like Groupon (if you haven't checked it out--do so) in that it presents its visitors with a daily deal that seems almost too good to believe.

BargainBite will feature a Miami restaurants everyday, both known and unknown. "Bargainbite features nothing but the best cuisine from Miami's most coveted dining experiences to those hidden gems you would normally need an insider tip from a good friend to be in the know of."

A new deal is usually posted at midnight and you have 72 hours to request it, then another 30 days to use it.

Huge discounts at great restaurants--think we're joking? How about the present deal up on the BargainBite site? Fifty percent off at Bernie's L.A. Café, recommended by none other than our Lee Klein?

We had a little chat with CEO and co-founder, Chris Holtzhauer about this unexpected Christmas gift to Miami foodies.

New Times: What role do you play in BargainBite?

Chris Holtzhauer: I'm the CEO and co-founder.

Is Bargain Bites a start-up? How long have you been around?

Yes. We launched in the summer of 2010.

What inspired the format of the BargainBite website?

Once I came up with the idea of offering dining deals to Miami's foodies, naturally I did my research and found a few companies out there already. However they offered random deals of no interest to me. Such as bungee jumping (not doing that anytime soon), spa deals (I'm a guy, I don't need that) and what am I supposed to do with pole dancing lessons (not that there's anything wrong with that). There was nothing really out there that catered to what I truly wanted and cared about: Great food. That was a key inspiration in the creation of a F&B (food and beverage) niche to offer others like myself in the community great deals to restaurants any foodie would be excited about.

You are doing a very good thing here--allowing financially-challenged foodies to experience upscale dining. How do you feel about that? Does that motivate you to get out of bed in the morning?

A shot of colada always gears me up right in the morning... Truly, it feels great to know we have no equal in our market. People are creatures of habit and there is so much great dining out there that most can easily miss out on, simply because they don't know it is out there or they fear to venture. Part of our goal at BargainBite is to shake those boring old habits up! Our readers/demographic is not only comprised of deal seekers, instead we speak to a savvy audience who have a disposable income and expect to spend their dollars on only the best --be it the most happening high-end places or down to the modest mom-and-pop hidden gem offering amazing food, color and flavor.

Company goals?

Right now our focus is to stay here in Miami and establish the BargainBite brand. It's home, plus we know the community really well, which we love.

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