WiBar, Bar Brace and the *OTG Experience.
Wow! It is becoming more and more evident that our world is a technological marvel and definitely on-the-go!
On a recent trip from New York to Atlanta….the Captain and I decided to grab a bite to eat at LaGuardia airport.
We found this WiBar…or restaurant…or sports bar…or all of the above not too far from our gate!
Everything from the IPad menu to catching up on anything (Sports for me) was right on the table…including this IPad.
Looking around the room, there were large television screens and a choice of “spirits”, plus an IPad for each chair.
There were smaller more intimate tables….although, the lighting was a bit dim…better for reading the IPad screens and watching the TVs…I guessed.
There were all the “connections” one might need right at one’s table, IF… the furnished IPad is not sufficient for your needs. (Oh, and in case you are wondering, the silver rectangles are salt and pepper shakers) 🙂
The stationary IPad menu was interesting because there was a picture of everything on the menu….and of course one could click on the choice and get a more detailed description.
And the food looked pretty much like the pictures. (Note the task bar on the bottom of the IPad screen.)
I always take apart my burger and cut in half…sorry for not giving you the pic when the server sat it before me!
Word is “top Chefs” prepare this food…it is a culinary experience, and not your typical fast food, airport food.
I almost chose the chicken from my IPad…I couldn’t see what the Captain was ordering from his IPad….:)
There were a lot of choices….but because the IPads were locked down…they were not a choice! 🙂 OK, that was my weird sense of humor.
Yes, there are actual servers should you need assistance, (just click on the assistance button) …but the idea is to look, order and pay…right at your table… before your food is brought to your table.
There is a place to slide your credit card on the console, beside the silver salt and pepper shakers. Very convenient when needing to pay your check and get to a gate. We have all been there!
I was especially satisfied with my hot tea container. Yummy selections of tea.
Yes, I was watching ESPN, Sports Center while waiting on my food. You knew I would be, didn’t you?
When we finished eating, the Captain and I went to our gate….and I was surprised to not see the familiar rows and rows of “seats” that are normally at the gates.
Instead, there were many tables and benches AND more IPads, connections and cords.
Everyone appeared to be “connected”to an IPad provided on the tall benches, where one could stand or sit.
A few people had their personal laptops connected….the Captain included.
As he is in and out of airports on a daily basis….this was nothing new to him.
But it was new to me….I was used to seeing people sprawled on the floor near an electrical outlet, balancing their laptops on their knees.
I really need to get out more.
The electronic world is passing me by! 🙂
Have you, my dear readers… experienced the restaurant and airport IPad experience?
Hmmmm, …I need a dose of reality…I am going to fetch my hardcover book and read in my Secret Garden.
Have a great Wednesday!
*OTG (on-the-go) Management, an award-winning airport food & beverage operator with more than 134 restaurants and eateries in nine airports, including JFK, LaGuardia, Boston Logan, Tucson, Washington National, Orlando, Chicago O’Hare and Philadelphia…soon to be in Atlanta.
love the idea of being able to order and pay on the iPad at the table and itt beats catching the eye of the servers and thinking you are invisible!
Not sure I’d want to have the two iPads between me and a significant traveling companion…. and I love people watching when I am traveling alone so I’d end up looking like a spy peeping over the top of the newspaper….
Hopefully you also wouldn’t get too engrossed in your sports and miss the call to the departure gate… but I’m guessing with WiFi available on internal American flights you could just continue watching on your personal screen.
The art of conversation is dieing… I’ve had some unusual approaches from complete strangers when I’ve been traveling… must write that book hehe xxx
hugs from across the pond
How true Ross…it seems the cyber world is taking away any personalization. Years ago, we used to laugh at the cartoon “The Jetsons”…but all their “tecky” stuff is coming true. 🙁
thanks for stopping by, my friend.
Thanks Sandy for stopping by…My Mother has been gone for about 15 years and she was complaining about all the technology before she passed on….I can only imagine what she would think now. 😉
I miss her every single day.
I miss my mother, too. She would’ve been like my 79 year-old hubby and be trying to keep up with technology.
I haven’t been in a airport for a few years, Kari. Recently, we went to Chili’s for lunch with friends, and lo and behold they had Wi-Fi I-pads to order and pay on. We could have watched television, but we wanted to visit.
Technology is passing me by, too.