Got a hunkering for “Asian-inspired” food but left your wallet at home? If you live near a Pei Wei, ditching your credit card won’t be a problem, as the fast-casual restaurant chain will begin accepting Apple Pay at all of its 197 stores in the United States.
Pei Wei announced its plans to support Apple Pay today, after the company’s pilot program at 16 Phoenix-area restaurants in July was deemed a success. In order to begin accepting Apple Pay, the company had to make a big investment to implement new payment terminals, PIN pad devices, and point-to-point encryption, but Pei Wei CEO Ralph Bower says it was worth it to improve the experience.
“Accepting Apple Pay is a win for Pei Wei because it’s convenient and gives our guests the flexibility to use their preferred method of payment,” Bower said in press release announcing the upgrade. “It allows us to safely and quickly process transactions, increasing both customer service and restaurant efficiency. This is just one way we’re implementing the latest technology to improve the dining experience.”
Apple Pay at Pei Wei became available as a payment option at all locations nationwide starting August 4, allowing iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch users to pay for their food with just a tap.