E-menus Let Customers Order Food Without Waiters, Play Games

by VR Sreeraman on  May 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM Lifestyle News
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Electronic menu cards that will let customers order food without waiters, play games, and even "like" items on Facebook has been introduced by some restaurants in California and New York.
 E-menus Let Customers Order Food Without Waiters, Play Games
E-menus Let Customers Order Food Without Waiters, Play Games

"Touch me!" it screams at diners with big white letters that look like they came out of a Hollywood Western, "Don't just sit there! Touch me!"

When you touch the screen, it shows you close-up pictures of things you might be interested in eating, and asks if you'd like to play a game. When it's time to leave, it splits the bill for you and your friends - equally, or by item - and automatically adds a 20 percent tip, CSMonitor.com reported.

The electronic menu - an innovation that some restaurateurs hope will soon become more ubiquitous than the drive thru (and easier to understand, too).

At some restaurants, it is a special device that lets customers order, pay, play, and even like their favorite local omelette on Facebook - all without having to resort to semaphore to flag down a waiter. At others, the menu is simply loaded onto an iPad or tablet provided at every table.

The e-menu at the Kinsale is a device called Presto and was developed by a company started by an MIT dropout who once had some trouble figuring out how to split a restaurant bill with friends.

Now the company, E la Carte, supplies its menus to about 300 restaurants across the United States - and is slowly making its way from California to the East Coast.

"You can actually order food and play games from your table without waiting. And it has a credit card reader built in," Rajat Suri, the company's CEO said.

In April, the first electronic menus started appearing at restaurants in New York City - kosher restaurants - because Bernard Samet, the businessman who is selling them is affiliated with an Israeli company that makes e-menus.

The New York version allows customers to "like" their favorite dishes on Facebook and to view the menu in their preferred language - English or Hebrew.

According to Samet, digital menus encourage people to spend more by showing them appetizing photos and by suggesting other items that go well with their order.

Source: ANI

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Caroline75

Digital menus are the future!
No more waiting for a waiter, no more ordering a dish without knowing what you're getting- eMenus by Conceptic are the next step in the dining experience evolution!
Conceptic is the biggest company in the world for digital menus, with over 1000 installations worldwide and a whole new product: iPad eMenu, which already creates a huge buzz in restaurants all over the world.

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