Business Buzz: Waitr expanding into dine-in service; Artmosphere for sale – Daily Advertiser


A Waitr delivery driver picks up an order at local restaurant in Lafayette Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Lafayette-based food delivery company Waitr announced Thursday that it is adding table-side service capabilities to its app, allowing users to see a menu, place an order, pay and tip without contact.

Customers access the dine-in capabilities by scanning a QR code on a smartphone. The phone pulls up the menu and allows the user to place their order.

“Contactless service has become increasingly important amid the pandemic for safety reasons. This new product will serve the need of restaurants that are bolstering their safety protocol, and will help make diners feel safer since the ordering process is contact free,” said Carl Grimstad, CEO and chairman of the board for Waitr. “This product also has the potential to increase the number of times a table can turn over due to the lack of waiting on the diner side.”

In recent months, Waitr also added grocery delivery and began offering no-contact delivery for restaurant deliveries.

Artmosphere up for sale

Artmosphere — the Johnston Street bistro known for its live music — is up for sale, the bistro posted on Facebook Thursday. The post encouraged the bistro’s fans to come and share memories of the venue.

“So Artmosphere ‘family’ come share some memories and make some final ones,” the post said. “The place looks and feels great. If you have played Artmosphere before, we would love to
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