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News ByteNoWait, which is trying to become the OpenTable for restaurants that don’t take reservations, has hired a new CEO. Ware Sykes will replace NoWait founder Robb Myer, who will stay on as president and chief product officer. Sykes was previously VP of Sales & Services at TheLadders, a career advice site. The company, which raised $2 million in August, has seated more than six million diners at places like Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin and T.G.I. Friday’s.
News ByteGilt 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.