iPads now being used as menus

January 3, 2011

Associated Press

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An upscale downtown Chicago steakhouse is just one eatery across the country putting menus on iPads.

Chicago Cut steakhouse has invested in 40 iPads at about $700 each to showcase its wine menu. Since Apple debuted the iPad last spring the device is now in use as a menu at upscale restaurants, hamburger eateries and quick-service chains like Au Bon Pain. Restaurateurs say that's just the beginning.

Chicago Cut partnered with a technology firm to create a custom app that looks like a virtual wine cellar. Au Bon Pain uses iPads at six of its 220 locations, with plans to expand.

The tablets are arriving on the travel circuit, too. There are more than 200 iPads loaded with menus at gates in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Celebrity Cruises has 75 iPads loaded with restaurant menus aboard one of its ships.