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Chili's in Van Buren introduces tablets with e-Menus

One of the new tablets that can be found at various restaurants
One of the new tablets that can be found at various restaurants
Karen Hayot

It seems that people are using tablets for everything these days, from reading to gaming, to watching television. For the last several months major restaurant chains like Applebee's and Chili's have begun introducing tablets into their ordering system. Fort Smith is a city filled with many of these big chains, so it was only a matter of time before the restaurants here began using tablets. On March 10, 2014, the Chili's restaurant in Van Buren began using tablets.

The tablets are a unique addition to the restaurant scene, but given that they are used for ordering purposes, do also carry some controversy to them. Are they going to put people out of work or not? This examiner had the opportunity to test one out today at the Chili's, located at 2024 Fayetteville Road Van Buren, AR 72956, and is happy to report that a lot of the controversy is just hype. The tablets itself have very limited ordering abilities. They can place orders for alcoholic beverages and desserts only, all other orders need to be placed with an actual server. However the tablets do have other unique features. Customers can read the latest issues of USA Today on them for free, or for $1 can play various games that have been downloaded to the tablets.

While it is unclear if the Chili's in Fort Smith or any other of the city's many dining establishments have their tablets in place, those who would like to try one out can make the short drive to Van Buren and see the latest in restaurant technology in action.

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