A trendy Atlanta eatery is the latest to adopt a growing hospitality industry trend: using iPads as interactive menus.
Guests at the Do Restaurant at The View make their selections on Apple’s culture-changing tablet, which are then relayed to iPads in the kitchen. Waiters of the human variety come in only to bring orders to the tables.
Restauranteurs Christian and Nacasha Ruffin worked with a certified Apple programmer to custom design their ordering system, since what they were looking for wasn’t previously available, they tell CNN.
“The coolest thing about it is that there are no more wrinkled menus with ketchup on it or pizza sauce on it,” says Christian Ruffin.
A combination of sensors and (presumably burly) security guards is in place to prevent the iPads from being ‘borrowed’ after the meal.
Do’s app is set apart by being more than just a menu. It allows, for example, diners to let the parking valet know they’re on the way out. Staff also use it to control lighting/ambiance in the restaurant.
“What were doing here is definitely the wave of the future”, Ruffin says.