The app then shows the number of people who have checked in at each restaurant or bar with the locations getting the most interest rising to the top. So this can help you know what places are most likely to be the busiest - and you decide whether that's where you want to be.
Localized smartphone apps appear to be hitting the Lake of the Ozarks in a big way this year.
After earlier announcements from RaftUp - focused on locating friends and helping emergency services responders find you in case of a problem - and @Anchor - the basis for a proposed Uber-like boat ride service from Anchor Charter Services, a new company appears to be joining the party.
LOTO SPOT aims to help tourists “Be a local” as their slogan goes, but could also real locals decide what hot spot, or quiet oasis as the case may be, to hit today. It should be going active in the next few weeks with an unspecified launch date of spring 2017.
The app will be free to users and looks to eventually make money off of advertisers - restaurants and bars throughout the Lake of the Ozarks region.
What it will do
This interactive app aims to help people decide what restaurant or bar to visit among the many choices available around the Lake area. It will do so by offering basic information, location, events (such as what band is playing) and specials at participating businesses, offered a free trial run this spring to kick things off. The app require users to check-in to see the details on these businesses.
The app then shows the number of people who have checked in at each restaurant or bar with the locations getting the most interest rising to the top. So this can help you know what places are most likely to be the busiest - and you decide whether that’s where you want to be.
The app provides a platform for user reviews as well, similar to Yelp, but focused solely on the participating lake venues, another way to help people decide where to go.
LOTO SPOT can also help you find your way home safely after that party, offering a tab with the numbers for cabs on land or water taxis operated by credentialed US Coast Guard captains.
Other features along the lines of helping people make entertainment decisions at the Lake will eventually be added to the app over time, according to owner Logan Ryan, but will be limited as he doesn’t want it to become to complicated.
Step-by-step instructions will take users through using the app, but it is pretty simple, he said.
Find LOTO SPOT on Facebook or go to their website loto-spot.com
From snow removal to Lake app
Ryan, a resident of St. Louis and formerly of Hermann, is the 25-year-old owner of a snow removal business in St. Louis.
Interested in developing an app for some time after seeing how well they work in other business capacities, Ryan says he came up with the idea for LOTO SPOT while visiting the Lake of the Ozarks last summer and seeing so many people at bars on their phones making calls, trying to figure out what’s going on where and what the accommodations were like at different restaurants and bars.
“So many people are from out of town. They may not even know whether a place is on the water or not, and if they don’t know what to Google …, “ said Ryan.
While it may seem like this app is just for partiers - one of their taglines is “Finding the party has never been so easy” - it’s really for everybody, perhaps helping families avoid long waits, he added.
Ryan recently visited the Lake, marketing the app to local restaurants and bars to get them on board and providing them with tools for marketing the app, and said he’s been getting great feedback and commitments.