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The latest news and trends in restaurant technology
Technology

Running the iRestaurant

Restaurants across the country have dabbled in iPad usage, primarily back-of-house for inventory or front-of-house for wine lists. But few have jumped in to the extent that Christian and Nacasha Ruffin, owners of Atlanta’s Do restaurant, have.

Technology

Mobile restaurateurs

The Great Food Group in Atlanta could give the local Apple Store a run for its money with the sheer number of iPhones it has in use.

One reason why some restaurants have been hesitant to switch to cloud computing is the need for an always-on Internet connection. What happens if the Internet goes down?

If you took a United or Delta flight to the 2012 Restaurant Leadership Conference in March in Scottsdale, Arizona, you had the option to forego a printed boarding pass, using a QR code sent to your smartphone instead. In a world where 80 percent of the population owns a mobile device (and only 47 percent own a toothbrush), cellphones and tablets are replacing pagers, wallets, credit cards and even keys. Here’s a round-up of mobile solutions from the floor of RLC to keep an eye on.

Wolfgang Puck wants to be America’s go-to-chef, and his new iPhone/iPad app. launched mid-April, may just help him realize his dream.

This executive chef keeps guests entertained with fish apps that put sustainability info at the user’s fingertips.

Food is a very visual experience, from admiring a frothy pink cocktail to ogling a perfectly rolled piece of sushi. That’s why restaurants are dipping their toes into the Pinterest waters. Hot social media properties have come and gone, but few have made any headway against the 800-pound gorillas of Facebook and Twitter.

Sassy servers and live bands play up the party atmosphere at Dick’s Last Resort destination restaurants. Last year, the brand decided to plunge into a new video and social media-fueled program to enhance engagement with the guests within the four walls and at restaurants throughout the chain.

Google launched its Google+ social network platform last June and Google+ Pages in November, finally allowing restaurants and other businesses to claim their real estate and check out the view.

What’s ahead tech-wise for restaurants in 2012? Probably less of the pent-up demand they’ve borne in the years just prior, according to the National Restaurant Association.