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Denny’s adopts Presto pay-at-table hardware

Denny’s has partnered with Presto, a maker of restaurant industry hardware, to provide tablets for customers to pay at the table using credit and debit cards for contact and contactless payments.

Screens built into the tabletop devices also will support PIN-debit transactions, ongoing promotions, entertainment, the opportunity to join Denny’s loyalty program and the option for guests to have their receipt emailed to them, according to a Tuesday press release.

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A woman walks near a Denny's restaurant, operated by Seven & I Food Systems Co., in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Seven & I Food Systems is a group company under Seven & I Holdings Co. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

The new solution offers additional revenue streams and low processing costs, according to the release. A Presto spokesperson said First Data is providing payment processing for the new service, which is optional for Denny's mostly franchise store operators.

Presto, which makes a range of AI-powered restaurant management tools, will install its tablets in participating U.S. stores, the release said. Denny’s operates 1,700 outlets globally.

About 90% of Denny's U.S. locations offer delivery through the Denny’s On Demand app and website, and delivery generates about 11% of total transactions, according to a recent Restaurant Business report.

Over the last decade Redwood City, Calif.-based Presto has developed a line of restaurant hardware and software tools including tabletop, kiosk and mobile payment devices, with handheld and wearable devices for servers to manage customer requests for clients including Applebee’s, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse, the release said.

Presto has raised $30 million in venture capital funds since it was founded in 2008 at M.I.T.

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