A growing number of restaurants including Chili’s Grill & Bar, Applebee’s, and Chevys Fresh Mex are using or testing small, interactive computer screens at the table. Diners can see glossy pictures of food, order menu items, and pay a check without a waiter.
Some of the devices also offer videogames, often for a fee, movie trailers, and news articles. Some have advertising; many plan to add it. Device makers hope to charge liquor companies for ads and retailers for coupons.