The "Restaurant of the Future" may give some thought to a chrome diner with robotic servers and otherwise a sizeable amount of Tokyo futurist kitsch, but the fact is that the upcoming sitting together of a seated meal just looks like ordering over one entrainment app.
Presto works with restaurants to bring 21st-century dinners up to date. Customers can order and pay with a tablet device from their table while they can provide hardware such as server-portable devices can be notified when needed by customers.
The company announced today that it has raised $ 30 million in growth from Recruit Holdings and Romulus Capital. I2BF Global Ventures, EG Capital and Brainchild Holdings also participated in the increase.
Considering how much online shopping has shaped commerce and apps like Instacart and Uber Eats are changing the way we bring groceries to our homes, it's a bit weird that physical restaurants With hundreds of locations so slowly changing, customer experience has increased confidence in the technology.
Presto has partnered with a number of restaurant chains including Applebee's, Red Lobster, Denny's and Outback Steakhouse. These are not exact locations for aunt-emma pops, but Raj Suri, CEO of Presto, says these large restaurant groups are always eager to change their weight in order to improve efficiency with new technologies in a way that will make them more efficient Most small businesses are not.
"I'd say most restaurant groups are looking for ways to become more of a tech company … and technologies that could help them become more efficient," said Raj Suri, CEO of TechCrunch. "Industry is moving quite a bit in that direction, and it will not be long before you see our technology in every restaurant."
In addition to ordering hardware, Presto's new AI platform is designed to make restaurants more robust Learn about each company's status and insights that help managers make decisions about staffing or food storage. The platform uses a variety of data inputs, so things like nearby sports events or weather patterns can be incorporated into suggestions on how many servers should be staffed on a particular Tuesday.
Presto wants to expand its platform quickly and with funding overwhelming its footprint. The 11-year-old company now supports 5,000 restaurant locations, but according to Suri, Presto will double that number in 2019.