Technology

The latest news and trends in restaurant technology

At this year’s National Restaurant Association Show, there was an entire pavilion devoted to technology. Vendors were touting tech-forward products for ordering, delivery, managing the waitlist,...

When a chef as innovative as David Chang begins raving about Taco Bell’s new mobile app, it’s clear that the digital era of restaurants has “arrived.” “The coolest thing ever is the Taco Bell app,”...

1. Service starts at the curb In today’s speed-focused, digitally fueled model, operators—from QSRs to full service—are finding new ways to deliver hospitality. As part of its revamp, Olive Garden is...

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Plaudits are heaped on consumer-facing technology in restaurants for making the diners’ experience faster and easier. But it may be making the operator’s life harder—at least in one respect:...

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As a one-upmanship to the ordering capabilities Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A added to their mobile apps last quarter, Wendy’s is testing a beacon-based version of its app. While anyone can download the...

Krispy Kreme’s fans live for the “Hot Doughnuts Now” storefront neon sign that alerts passers-by that a new batch of doughnuts has just been baked and glazed. Now the chain is shifting the alert to...

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The 113-unit First Watch breakfast-and-lunch chain is offering customers a new app that enables them to see which branch in their area has the shortest wait time for a table and then add their name...

Mobile apps still seem to be that white whale many operators can’t bag. That was clear during an education session at the RLC when question after question was posed to a panel of operators whose...

Waffle House, a coffee-counter concept that hasn’t generated gasps with its tech innovations to date, is pairing up with the latest in app-based sharing, a new service that’s equal parts eBay and...

The extension of online restaurant guides into meal delivery leaped forward this month with acquisitions by two giants in the field, Yelp and GrubHub. Yelp, the controversial online directory...

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