While iPads are normally seen as a fairly pricey option for restaurateurs, they could actually save you money. In the case of the Brooklyn Tap House, they have also added a cool factor to the establishment and made traditional point-of-sale systems a thing of the past, Crain’s New York reports.
According to co-owner Hugo Salazar, iPads plus software totalled $7,000 compared to traditional systems which can run upwards of $20,000. The iPads also add a cool factor according to Salazar, they’re conversation starters he says, and bartender Wesley Godbout says how useful they are for looking up information: “In case there is something I don’t know, I go and look it up. It really helps the barroom chatter.”
While Salazar also revealed several downsides, including not tech savvy customers thinking that the waiter is texting when in fact he is taking the order, he said that overall once you’ve got it setup it works great.
“It takes a while to make it work. But once you get it, it’s a great system,” Mr. Salazar said. “There is no beating having everything happen at the table. You know exactly where you are at every moment. Just try that with pen and paper.”