New restaurant in San Francisco opens up mobile payments through barcodes.
Spilt Bread, a new sandwich shop that will be opening its doors in San Francisco, is breaking away from the cash-only tradition of establishments of its nature, and will be using QR codes to allow mobile payments to be accepted.
This will be a first for the SoMa neighborhood, which still holds to coins and notes.
That said, San Francisco has already become highly aware of mobile payments and some of the advantages that they have to offer. Though not run through QR codes, it is a city in which many vendors are already accepting transactions through Google Wallet, for example. Many are also using Square to process payments.
The Melt, a grilled cheese chain, opened in 2011, with an ordering system through online, mobile, and QR codes. The city accepted that opportunity with barely a blink, and has continued to look for additional opportunities to combine the use of their favorite mobile devices in their regular daily activities.
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This makes QR codes the ideal opportunity for Spilt Bread.
Its partner owners, Andrew Swallow and David Silverglide, are hoping to make their business stand out while it serves “gourmet kick-ass sandwiches” and allows patrons to order and pay through the use of QR codes at the tables. Customers can also access the restaurant’s website and make their order online through their smartphone, tablet, or laptop browser, so that it will be ready for them when they arrive at the location.
The meal can be paid for in advance at the time of ordering with a debit or credit. This way, when they arrive at the location in the Metreon shopping center, located downtown next to the Moscone Convention Center, all they need to do is pick up the food and leave. No cash required.
Though traditional legal tender will still be accepted when ordering and paying at the restaurant location, it is the belief of the owners of Spilt bread that the convenience of mobile payments through QR codes and the website will be highly attractive and very popular among their patrons.