What was needed
Stéphane Lang-Willar is no stranger to the culinary world, having owned and successfully developed the first restaurant chain in France to go public. After 30 years of building successful restaurants and brands, he’s at it again. This time, in Boca Raton, and he had a creative idea to generate buzz and give his new venture even one more thing for people to talk about: technology.
Stéphane wanted to build a ordering application where customers could browse the menu at their leisure on an iPad (provided to every table by the server).
What we delivered
We delivered an HTML5-based application that was driven by a custom in-house MVC framework and CMS back-end. The CMS allows restaurant staff to centrally manage every piece of data on the menu (category, item, price, etc.). Additionally, the application automatically switches from the “Lunch” menu to the “Dinner” menu at a specified time of day. Wine pairings for each menu item can be defined by the Master Sommelier that works with the restaurant. Customers can add items to their order from the application, and when the server comes, they simply pick up the iPad and they have the entire order right there at their fingertips.
Lastly, the iPad app uses the HTML5 Application Cache to make it feel more “native”. When changes to the menu are made, a simple click in the back-end can invalidate the cache on the tablets and force them to update with the latest data.
(NOTE: Offline caching causes a long initial load time)
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HTML5, CSS2/3, JS, From-scratch MVC architecture and CMS