(NRA Show 2008 – Booth #6179) Verifone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) announced today that Carrabba’s Italian Grill has joined the roster of restaurants using its ON THE SPOT payment system. Carrabba’s expects to complete deployment by early summer with multiple devices in each of its 236 locations nationwide, integrated with its existing in-store restaurant management system.
Houston-based Carrabba’s is a brand of OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with brands including Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. Carrabba’s is using Verifone’s point-of-service payment solution to enhance operation of its growing carside carryout business, one of the restaurant industry’s fastest-growing segments.
Servers wear Verifone’s compact, wireless ON THE SPOT device on their belts as they deliver orders; then, patrons swipe their own credit cards on the device to pay for their meals. The system reduces the number of steps needed to close out checks and dramatically speeds up the entire payment process for servers and customers.
“In an increasingly competitive food service environment, Carrabba’s demonstrates how restaurants are using ON THE SPOT to improve customer service and profitability,” said Jeff Dumbrell, senior vice president, Verifone North America. “Consumers will appreciate the enhanced security and faster service they receive when dining at Carrabba’s.”
The payment system also uses special encryption and other security features to protect all financial data transacted over a restaurant’s Wi-Fi network, providing protection from credit card fraud, which the Federal Trade Commission says is the most common form of identity theft. A recent survey of restaurants by payment gateway service provider Merchant Link found that respondents ranked “security of customer credit card data” the highest among a range of credit card transaction concerns.
ON THE SPOT has two main platforms: the Vx 670 for at-the-table, carside or point-of-delivery payment for full-service family, casual and fine dining restaurants; and the QX720 for use at drive-thru windows.
About Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Carrabba’s Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba’s led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucine!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 236 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations around the country. For more information, visit www.carrabbas.com.
About OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC.
OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, was founded in 1988 by a group of people who believe in hospitality, sharing, quality, being courageous and having fun. Its portfolio of brands consists of Outback Steakhouse units throughout the U.S., as well as Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy’s, Lee Roy Selmon's, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits. OSI is one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world and operates in all 50 states with Outback Steakhouse restaurants open in 21 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.osirestaurantpartners.com.
About Verifone Holdings, Inc.
Verifone Holdings, Inc. (“Verifone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Verifone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. Verifone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.