Right after the iPad launched earlier this summer, we speculated nine ways in which restaurants would try to utilize it. Some of those ways were outlandish (serving petit fours on the things), and some have already been put into place. Michael's provides iPads as a replacement for newspapers, the bouncer at the Boom Boom Room sometimes uses it instead of a clipboard, and now someone has latched on to the most obvious of uses.
Reps at upscale Central Park restaurant South Gate announce today that they are the first New York City restaurant to launch custom design iPad wine tablets. The release notes that the handheld device "not only provides customers with detailed information about the major wine regions and varietals, but also automatically updates the wine list as labels sell out." So it's kind of like Adour's virtual wine guide or SD26's little electronic wine books—except far more functional and potentially more fun to use.
As much as some old fashioned oenophiles and lovers of wine tomes may balk at the newfangled idea, think of how nice it could be to simply search for a specific bottle, price, or varietal.
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