Getting angry at your server for a botched order may soon be a thing of the past.
If the folks at a new start-up called “E la Carte” have their druthers, tablet computers will eventually become the universal restaurant menu that takes your order, accepts payment, and even amuses you while your onion ring tower is being prepared.
E la Carte deploys tablets on restaurant tables so that guests can order, play games and pay from their seats without having to wait.
It isn’t yet clear if the tablet will expect a tip, but we may find out soon enough if the concept will work. On Tuesday, E la Carte revealed that it has successfully raised more than $1 million in funding to launch the tablet project.
Investors include Y Combinator, Dave McClure and SV Angel.
According to E la Carte’s announcement, the company will roll out the technology in question at nearly two dozen West Coast restaurants, with unconfirmed rumblings about the prospect of Applebees soon adopting the tablet platform.
Thanks to E la Carte’s system integrating with major POS systems, the adoption of tablet menus may ultimately increase the efficiency as well as profitability of the dining experience at restaurants that adopt the technology.
Unlike the iPad, Presto tablets have a full-day battery life and credit card reader. Presto tablets sit comfortably and naturally on restaurant tables and are more durable than the iPad as they are ruggedized for restaurant use.
Company founder Rajat Suri says that preliminary trial runs show that restaurants earn upwards of 10% more revenue because of the tablet’s deployment in the dining experience.