Kicking off 2017, restaurants present the next iterations of subscription services, health-conscious concepts and coffee tonics.
1. Drink subscriptions
At least two new apps offer customers a number of drinks per month—either cocktails or coffee—from multiple restaurants, bars and cafes. Consumers pay $9.99 to $14.99 for a monthly membership. The apps pitch the service to venue partners as a traffic-driver.
2. Functional food
Photo courtesy of Honeybrains
Some new concepts are touting brainpower as a marketing tool. NYC’s Honeybrains develops dishes to help combat degenerative diseases. Neo-Pueblo concept Wild Living Foods in Los Angeles casts its menu as a way to nourish the spirit, with juices and tonics for digestion and mood balancing. Also in NYC, Bouley will be closing this winter with plans to reopen with a menu targeting multiple health conditions.
3. Flavored coffee spritzers
Move over, nitro coffee—a new iteration of carbonated java is bubbling up. Plenty Cafe in Philadelphia mixes cold brew with an Italian herb-citrus soda; All Day in Miami stirs together cold brew with rosemary limeade (pictured); and Colada Shop in Washington, D.C., tops off its coffee drinks with ginger beer.