Hospitality Technology Reveals 2013 Restaurant Breakthrough Award Winners

Hospitality Technology Reveals 2013 Restaurant Breakthrough Award Winners 
Tony Roma's and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar  Have Been
Awarded Top Honors for Innovation at the Annual Restaurant Executive
RANDOLPH, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 10/03/13 --  Hospitality Technology
(HT) magazine has named the winners of the 2013 Restaurant
Breakthrough Awards. Every year, HT presents its Breakthrough Awards
to a select few foodservice companies for outstanding vision and
achievement in operational and guest-facing technologies. Winning
companies are chosen based on their vision and execution;
consideration is given to size, resources and individual market
segment benchmarks to ensure that companies from across the industry
are recognized for their efforts. The 2013 Breakthrough Awards go to:
Tony Roma's and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. 
Breakthrough Awards were presented in two categories: Enterprise
Innovator and Customer Engagement Innovator. Winners were judged by
HT editorial staff and Advisory Board on a basis of innovation,
thought leadership, execution, and forward-thinking vision, and
announced at the Restaurant Executive Summit on Thursday, October 3,
2013. The Summit, held October 2-4 at the Four Seasons in Dallas, TX,
is an invitation-only event that brings senior-level executives from
high-growth restaurant companies together to exchange powerful
insights for preserving financial health at their companies, and
positioning their brands for growth. 
"Hospitality Technology has been charting the course of IT in the
restaurant and hotel industries for seventeen years. The level of IT
innovation going on in the restaurant industry outpaces anything
we've seen before, and we're thrilled to recognize these two
companies -- Tony Roma's and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar --
for their efforts," says Abigail A. Lorden, editor-in-chief of
Hospitality Technology. "This year's Breakthrough Awards go to two
companies that have worked in-house to develop customized solutions
to reach new heights in operational and service-delivery excellence
-- a true sign that restaurants are embracing technology more than
ever before." 
The 2013 Breakthrough Winners
 A second-time Breakthrough Award
winner, Flemings's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was previously honored
in 2010 for innovation in workforce management with its use of
videoconference technology. In 2013, Fleming's has been chosen as
Customer Engagement Innovator for a next-generation, customized wine
list solution. The Fleming's WiNEPAD(TM) is a proprietary web-based
application that makes it easy for guests to sift through the
restaurant's comprehensive wine list on an iPad. The software also
offers diners a fun and engaging way to sort the list by mood,
receive recommendations, access expert wine pairings and even share
information via email. Fleming's has rolled out the technology across
its 65 locations, with each restaurant having 30 WiNEPADS that are
made available either tableside or at the bar. 
"We developed the WiNEPAD to enhance the dining experience for our
guests and to provide an interactive experience with wine, which is
one of our passions," says National Director of Wine, Maeve Pesquera.
"Being a recipient of the Breakthrough Award validates our spirit of
service and innovation and is the next natural evolution for the
Fleming's 100(R)."  
With more than 160 locations worldwide, Tony Roma's was awarded for
achievement as an Enterprise Innovator for its rollout of a digital
recipe book that replaced bulky binders with tablets and streamlined
kitchen operations. The updated technology allows kitchen staff to
have information right at their fingertips in addition to supporting
videos, pictures, plus allergy and caloric information. To streamline
operations, a live recipe book site enables staff to find and access
just the piece of data needed in a timely and efficient manner.
Ultimately, the rollout has resulted in a reduction in waste and
labor costs at all 12 locations that have implemented the technology. 
"Tony Roma's is extremely honored to be recognized by HT magazine,"
Justin Andrews, director of IT, Tony Roma's states. "We believe the
program that we developed will have positive implications to the
future of restaurants. Tony Roma's will continue to be innovative,
finding new ways to make business more efficient." 
Past Breakthrough Award Winners Include: 

--  Legal Sea Foods (2012)
--  Jersey Mike's Subs (2012)
--  Domino's Pizza LLC (2011)
--  Subway Restaurants (2011)
--  Tasti D-Lite (2011)
--  Jack in the Box (2010)
--  ERJ Dining, LLC (2010)
--  Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (2010)
--  Morton's Restaurant Group (2009)
--  T.G.I. Friday's (2009)
--  Hard Rock International (2009)
--  Cara Operations (2008)
--  uWink (2008)
--  Marco's Pizza (2008)
--  Legal Sea Foods (2007)
--  Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (2007)
--  Kahala - Cold Stone Creamery (2007)
--  Jason's Deli (2006)
--  Noodles & Co (2006)
--  Buca, Inc. (2006)

About Hospitality Technology
 Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only
publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology
in improving business performance for hotel and restaurant operators.
The Hospitality Technology editorial portfolio includes: a print
publication that publishes nine times annually and reaches more than
16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and
educational events (MURTEC, Hotel Technology Forum and Restaurant
Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web
seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Visit
Hospitality Technology online at Hospitality
Technology is published by media company Edgell Communications,
headquartered in Randolph, N.J. 
Contact Information: 
Abigail A. Lorden 
Hospitality Technology
Phone: 973.607.1358  
Dorothy Creamer
Managing Editor
Hospitality Technology
Phone: 973.607.1364 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.