DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - May 23, 2016) -
Ziosk, maker of the world's first ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the table tablet, and Chili's® Grill & Bar today announced a collaboration to bring the Android Pay experience to Chili's guests through Ziosk tabletop tablets across company-owned restaurants nationwide. The new functionality, which was unveiled for the first time at Google I/O and will be available in the third quarter of 2016, represents the first zPay(SM) mobile wallet solution to launch across Ziosk-equipped casual dining restaurants in 2016.
To take advantage of Ziosk's Android Pay offering, Chili's guests now simply unlock their phone, place it near the Ziosk tablet's contactless reader, tap and go. A subtle vibration and beep will let the guest know the payment was accepted and verified. Additionally, Chili's guests can now effortlessly enroll, login and access My Chili's Rewards via Android wallet to leverage loyalty points and mobile payment for future restaurant visits.
"At Ziosk, we've been on a mission to revolutionize the dining experience, from interactive entertainment to payment at the table and an improved service to restaurant guests," said Austen Mulinder, President and CEO of Ziosk. "We are thrilled to be working with the Android Pay and Chili's teams to launch our first mobile wallet payment option on the Ziosk tablet network, and bring brick and mortar restaurants into the digital age."
Wade Allen, VP of Customer Engagement & Digital Innovation at Chili's Grill & Bar, added, "Our approach to technology innovation is simple -- build an infrastructure and keep the digital guest experience at its core. We are excited to build on the current capabilities that enhance the guest experience at Chili's and be the first in the industry to offer new features for a seamless dining experience with Ziosk and Android Pay."
Prakash Hariramani, Group Product Manager of Android Pay, added, "Android pay can go beyond payments for an immersive dining experience, and we're going to do that with Ziosk."
Ziosk and Chili's will begin the national rollout of Android Pay in its stores to company-owned restaurants in the third quarter of 2016. Android Pay marks the first in a series of zPay mobile wallet launches rolling out across the restaurant industry.
The live demonstration segment that took place at Google I/O, may be viewed here, beginning at 5:20.
Based in Dallas, Ziosk® is the maker of the first entertainment, ordering and pay-at-the-table tablet for the restaurant market. The technology, featuring a 7-inch tablet and encrypted credit card reader, resides on each table and enables guests to see menu items, play games, view news and entertainment, order food and beverages and 'pay on demand;' all of which gives guests control over their dining experience. With its interactive capabilities, Ziosk and its footprint have created the Ziosk® Media Network, a digital media platform for partners to create engaging experiences at the point of purchase. Ziosk is revolutionizing the experience and economics of dining. For more information, please visit www.ziosk.com.
About Chili's Grill & Bar
Chili's Grill & Bar is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining. Chili's offers a variety of Fresh Tex™ and Fresh Mex favorites at more than 1,550 locations in 31 countries and two territories. In addition to Chili's, Brinker owns and operates Maggiano's Little Italy®. For more information, visit http://www.chilis.com.