Instead of a wine list, a restaurant in Naples, Florida, is serving up an IPad to its guests, and in place of a live sommelier’s recommendations, the computer will provide suggestions for a bottle with dinner based on a number of search choices.
We’ve seen an Aussie restaurant reportedly replace menus with iPads back in June – now a Florida eaterie is using an iPad to help patrons find the right wine to go with their meals.
Here’s a little more on how the iPad is being used at the Naples Tomato restaurant:
"We’re not trying to take away the personal touch of a live sommelier," says Jack Serfass, owner of Naples Tomato, "but enhance the guest’s dining experience."
Diners will have a choice at the Italian fine-dining restaurant, where servers will still provide a classic printed wine list or offer the IPad programmed with the full list. The server also can help the diner navigate the computer’s offerings or demonstrate the program briefly, then walk away to allow the guests to search it on their own.
Apparently the restaurant owner even helped design the custom app they use on the iPad. Good stuff.
I bet a lot of restaurants are finding ways to use the iPad in their operations. Have any of you been in a place where iPads are being put to work?