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TGI Friday’s to let diners pay with mobile app

May 1, 2012

While some have become accustomed to using mobile payment terminals to pay for items at retail stores, not many have been using the system to pick up checks at restaurants.

While some have become accustomed to using mobile payment terminals to pay for items at retail stores, not many have been using the system to pick up checks at restaurants. 

In one recent move, TGI Friday’s stated that it had created a brand-new mobile credit card processing application for users of iPhones and Android devices. The “Friday’s” program will allow customers at more than half of the chain’s locations to pay using the devices. VentureBeat reports that users will be given a special code to give to their servers, who will then put the information into the system and process the payment at the end. The restaurant is working with Tabbedout, which helped develop the app for the company.

“Between Tabbedout and MICROS, we were able to deliver some technology for TGI Friday’s that complements their brand strategy,”  Kevin McKeand, Tabbedout’s vice president of sales, said in an interview with VentureBeat. “The mobile app and the mobile payment functionality is a core part of their new marketing strategy.”

Tabbedout has made other headlines recently by teaming up with other brands. The firm said in a statement that it had implemented the service at 50 different stores in the Houston area to give consumers more payment flexibility.

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