Pay your tab, find your friends, meet new people with Tabbi app
GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Imagine being able to close your tab from your phone. Now, there’s an app for that! A Greenville startup launched Tabbi in September of 2022.
“Tabbi is a mobile app we built here in Greenville. It allows you to open and close your tab at a bar or restaurant, find out when your friends are out and where they’re at, and then connect with people that are nearby,” Brad Loflin, Tabbi Founder and CEO, asked. “If you think about the process of closing your tab, that’s about an eight to 10 minute process. When you think of the card that gets passed back and forth, the paper, the pen. It’s 2023, why can’t I close a tab as easy as I can get out of an Uber? There has to be an app for that, so we made it.”
Currently, you can use the app to close your tab at Barley’s and The Trappe Door.
“We’re looking to add 25 to 30 restaurants between Greenville and Clemson in the next 12 months,” Loflin explained. “Greenville is just the prototype market that will then launch nationally.”
While the app can save you time with paying your bill, you can also use it to decide where you want to go. The app allows users to check into locations, making it easy to find your friends or to meet new people.
“We were very clear to not share a user’s location directly. You and I may be friends on the platform, and you may be at Barley’s Tap Room having a beer. I may want to come join you, and you’re okay with me knowing where you’re at, but I don’t need to know when you’re at home and when you’re elsewhere. So it only shows your friends when you’re at a bar or restaurant,” Loflin said. “And then you can easily block and report users. We moderate the platform every day, so inappropriate content, messaging, all of that is moderated. It can easily be reported and blocked.”
The app is free to use and available for iPhone users.
“We’re currently working to get into Android, so for all the Android users, we’ll be there soon,” Loflin explained. “But download the app, create a profile, add a card, and you can open and close tabs from location to location as if you were getting out of an Uber,” he explained. “The app is completely free. There is a small convenience fee to close the tab, but the social components are all free.”
Tabbi also offers a podcast!
“Tabbi Hour, our podcast, is to showcase local business owners, entrepreneurs, bartenders, servers, because that’s really the core of any community,” Loflin said. “It started as just us wanting to get to know people in the community, and it’s turned into a really fun platform. It’s been a lot of fun to be a part of.”