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Website turns homes into takeout

AFP-JIJI

A Danish website is turning private homes into takeout restaurants by letting users advertise what they are cooking, when and for what price.

The website, Dinnersurfer.dk, is sometimes described as a restaurant version of the popular lodging site Airbnb, on which homeowners make their spare rooms or unoccupied dwellings available to paying lodgers for a fee.

And just like on Airbnb, the cost to consumers is often much less than if they had used a professional service — with the added benefit that many of the homemade dishes are healthier than the greasy fare typically available at takeout counters.

Since being launched in February, the website has attracted 2,900 members, of whom 460 are registered as cooks, meaning they sell food. Nearly all of them live in Denmark, where the website is especially popular in the trendy Copenhagen neighborhoods of Noerrebro and Vesterbro, but the site’s founders are hoping it will go global after recently launching an English-language version.