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Top Stories - 7.20.2020

White Castle to Pilot Autonomous Grilling and Frying Kitchen Robot

White Castle to Pilot Autonomous Grilling and Frying Kitchen Robot

Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, even the largest chains in the restaurant industry have been forced to reexamine their business operations. By adopting innovative and forward-looking technologies – like robotics automation and artificial intelligence – restaurants may have a better chance of building a kitchen that streamlines food preparation while helping to reassure customers of food safety. One major …
McDonald's Unveils a Net Zero Energy Restaurant (But Stumbles on Other Initiatives to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint)

McDonald's Unveils a Net Zero Energy Restaurant (But Stumbles on Other Initiatives to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint)

McDonald’s has completed construction of a first-of-its-kind restaurant designed to generate all its own power from renewable energy. The restaurant is located in Disney World Resort, which opened its gates on July 11, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued its rampage through Florida. According to the company, the global flagship restaurant will serve as a learning hub for McDonald’s to …
New Study Surveys Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurant IT Spending

New Study Surveys Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Restaurant IT Spending

Training and communications technology platform Multimedia Plus has released a COVID-19 impact survey that measures the impact of COVID-19 on pressing industry issues focused on technology as well as training and spending priorities. The survey, launched on June 18, 2020, examined the planned financial impact and spending that the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on national business. In total, 112 senior …
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Will Holographic Ordering Solutions Be the Next Big Thing in Contactless Restaurant Technology?

Will Holographic Ordering Solutions Be the Next Big Thing in Contactless Restaurant Technology?
The global pandemic has accelerated the development and proliferation of contactless restaurant technologies that enable positive guest experiences and improved efficiencies — while, most importantly, reducing the risk of exposure to the deadly virus that continues to severely cripple the industry. Over the past several months, dozens of leading solution providers, as well as a number of startups, have rapid-pathed …

Allset Launches Free Contactless Ordering Solution for Restaurants

Allset Launches Free Contactless Ordering Solution for Restaurants
Restaurant pre-ordering platform Allset has launched its free Contactless Ordering solution to help restaurants provide a safer and more seamless dining experience to in-store guests. Diners can place orders for pickup or dine-in, pay, and track order status securely from their phones, reducing the need for interaction with the restaurant staff. The new feature is completely free and works for …

FreshFry Secures $3.25 million for Its Restaurant Frying Oil Life Extension Solution

FreshFry Secures $3.25 million for Its Restaurant Frying Oil Life Extension Solution
FreshFry, a Louisville, Kentucky-based food technology company focused on developing solutions designed to increased profitability for restaurants and other establishments operating in the food service and hospitality industries, secured a $3.25 million equity round of financing from the Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund, a private equity fund licensed by the US Department of Agriculture, and Lightship Capital. The FreshFry Pod …

Bbot Secures $3 Million in Funding for Its Contactless Restaurant Ordering and Payment Processing Solution

Bbot Secures $3 Million in Funding for Its Contactless Restaurant Ordering and Payment Processing Solution
Restaurant technology solution provider Bbot, which is dedicated to simplifying and improving the ordering and payments process, has secured a $3 million funding round led by Craft Ventures, an early-stage venture fund headquartered in San Francisco. The New York-based startup previously raised $300,000 in seed funding. Founded in 2017, Bbot offers a robust, configurable solution that helps restaurants and other hospitality organizations …

As the Restaurant Robotics Space Heats Up, Pudu Technology Secures $15 Million for Its Server and Dish Return Robots

As the Restaurant Robotics Space Heats Up, Pudu Technology Secures $15 Million for Its Server and Dish Return Robots
Pudu Technology, which makes autonomous restaurant server robots, has secured a $15 million funding round. The sole investor is Meituan, a Chinese group-buying website for food delivery services, consumer products and retail services that aspires to be the Amazon of services and generated nearly $14 billion in revenue last year. The funding comes at a time when restaurants and other …

Spotlight Interview: Nadav Solomon, President and Cofounder of Tabit

Spotlight Interview: Nadav Solomon, President and Cofounder of Tabit
It wasn't so long ago that Nadav Solomon, president and cofounder of Tabit, identified the potential in leveraging mobile technologies to streamline operations and transform the restaurant industry. Together with Barry Shaked, who was previously the founder, CEO and Chairman of Retalix, a worldwide leader in retail software for grocery, convenience and petroleum segments later acquired by NCR, and who …