SAN FRANCISCO — When choosing a restaurant for a first date, there are some basics you need to know. Is the ambiance romantic? Does it have vegan options? Is it near a Pokestop?
Yelp is the latest company to try and cash in on the Pokemon Go craze. The review site has added a “Pokestop Nearby” filter to show you which business are located near a Pokestop, the locations where players can stock up on Pokemon-catching supplies.
That means instead of randomly wandering the streets, you can go bar-to-bar and search for Psyducks at the bottom of a martini glass while loading up on Pokeballs.
On Friday, the company announced the new feature and urged customers to chime in. It’s asking players to help identify what business are Pokestop-adjacent by checking in to locations. Say you check into a poke (the Hawaiian fish salad) restaurant, Yelp will now ask if there is a Pokestop nearby.
At the moment, Yelp’s Pokestop map is a little sparse, but that could change as armies of Pokemon hunters head out again this weekend. Smart businesses will likely flag themselves in an attempt to lure people inside.