ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – As you heard on KMOX last week, families coping with food allergies face many challenges. One of those is how to manage eating out.
“It is extremely scary and extremely daunting. You’re putting your life or your child’s life in the hands of a manager in the kitchen that you can’t see,” says Paul Antico.
Antico, who has three children with food allergies, created Allergy Eats as way to help families find safe places to eat without manually scrolling through menus and reviews for hours. “At times it could take an hour or even two hours a night to find a restaurant,” he says.
Allergy Eats is a user-driven online and app based restaurant rating service that specifically looks at how establishments handle various allergens. Antico says it’s like the Yelp of the food allergy community. “They rate restaurants on their personal experience entirely based on how the restaurant accommodated their food allergies.”
With a background in finance, Antico says it’s worth it for restaurants to take the effort to accommodate food allergy families, “I’d love for restaurants to become allergy friendly because it’s the right thing to do, but frankly the driver is going to be that you can make a lot more money, in my estimation, from being allergy friendly.”
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