Gilt City Acquires Dine Private to Add Reservations Engine

Gilt City, which focuses on offering daily discounts at high-end spas and restaurants, has acquired fine-dining booking engine DinePrivate.com. The company, which lets consumers choose from more than 90 private dining rooms in New York City, was co-founded by Joe Bastianich and Jeff Zalaznick. Bastianich, who is the son of TV celebrity Italian chef Lidia Bastianich, will join Gilt City as a private dining and restaurant advisor. Additional cities will come to the site in 2012.


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