Inspiration from 2018 | Robots
In the Netherlands restaurants, hotels and bars face a big shortage of staff! Many hospitality entrepreneurs will sometimes miss a robot in service! We wonder when we will see robots in the Dutch hospitality industry?
YOTEL, the affordable luxury hotel brand, announces their new hire in their Boston hotel, YO2D2. The Seaport hotel is known for its of-the-moment technology offerings which include super-fast (and free) WiFi, self-service check-in via mobile app and sleek cabins with SmartBeds™ and Technowalls. With this latest tech enhancement, guests can look forward to receiving amenities from and taking selfies with YOTEL’s newest crew member, YO2D2.
Would you like to eat in a robot-run restaurant? Or would you prefer a restaurant in which the waiter is being helped by a robot that helps them carry your food? Bear Robotics is designed not to replace human waiters but to act as an assistant. Korean restaurant Kang Nam Tofu House in Milpitas, California is the first to try out Bear Robotics.
Spyce is a Boston-based restaurant, founded by MIT graduates and backed by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. At Spyce, robots produce healthy fast food at affordable prices. At the newly-opened establishment all bowls start at USD 7.50, the prices are lower than at similar restaurants as robots save on human labor expenses and the robots work fast! The robots prepare your meal in 2 minutes and as you can watch in the video underneath the article, they even clean up their own mess!
Trends we spotted | Week 30
At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, among other links to articles about ice cream dumplings which are at the menu of Oddfellows in New York City and about The Grid, a combination of Escape rooms & cocktails in London. A new concept by Lollipop’s.
In Hong Kong Fairwood eSports Café will open and it will be the first eSports café in the city which will be a dining destination as well. In Croatia they spotted smart city benches which are also internet hot spots. Created by the firm Include. And Tokyo is getting its own ‘Bubble Tea’ theme park!
In an American article we have spotted the pre-dinner drink Haus, a start-up in aperitifs with a lower alcohol level than other spirits. Sounds delicious! And start-up Third Aurora is busy creating self-translating wine labels! With a link to a video how this works!
Starbucks Now | Starbucks unveiled their express retail store experience in Beijing
Starbucks recently opened its first Starbucks Now™ store – an innovative, express retail experience that seamlessly integrates Starbucks physical and digital customer touchpoints. Combining the signature Starbucks café environment with Mobile Order & Pay and Starbucks Delivers™ customer experiences, this streamlined experience allows customers and delivery riders to conveniently get their favorite beverages and food at Starbucks.
The ‘Green Nests’ of the Dutch Bird Brewery
The Dutch Bird Brewery has started sustainable partnerships with more than a hundred passionate bars, restaurants and specialty shops. They plant one tree for every liter of their beer sold at such a ‘Green Nest’. Up until now they planted more than 30,000 trees! At this moment they’re in search of more bars, restaurants and shops that want to become a ‘Green Nest’ by selling their beer! Their goal is to plant 50.000 trees in 2019 in collaboration with Trees for the Future.
The fast-growing Bird Brewery was founded by ‘beer and nature lovers’ Ralph van Bemmel and Rik van den Berg. The brewery has made an impact in recent years with their prize-winning beers and as from now they want to do so by consciously dealing with nature.
Horecatrends | Tips for Culinary videos worth watching – week 28
YouTube has been a source of inspiration for spotting trends the past few years. Every day, thousands of movies are uploaded with new and interesting content. We too sometimes use videos as a source of inspiration to write about. With this week again a selection of 3 videos which our colleague Manual Imanse thinks are worth watching.
This week links to videos about ‘What coffee looks like around the world and why menuca honey from New Zealand is so expensive. And since the beginning of July, amusement park Walibi Holland has a new attraction: the Untamed.
Rosé Mansion in NYC | Wine bar + amusement park + museum of science for wine
Rosé Mansion opened on June 1, 2019 and tickets are available on the website of the country’s only interactive wine tasting experience celebrating everyone’s favorite summer wine. Rosé Mansion, the wine tasting experience dedicated to the history and allure of the pink-hued, warm-weather favorite, has launched an all-new experience for 2019. The all-new Rosé Mansion brings the pink from around the world to a picture-perfect experience in New York City. Taking over 32,000 square feet (over twice the size of last year’s Mansion), Rosé Mansion features a labyrinth of 14 rooms for wine lovers to explore, learn and ‘gram, including Cleopatra’s Palace, a 1960s-themed Acid Test, and a vintage Airline Lounge. Rosé Mansion closes by the end of September and is located at the second floor of the Manhattan Mall, where it has a private entrance and address at 111 W. 32nd Street, near Penn Station.
Another must visit for all Instagrammers and rosé lovers going to New York this summer!
STRYYK™ NOT GIN, NOT VODKA, NOT RUM | All the spirit, none of the alcohol
STRYYK™, a new range of zero-proof distilled spirits has launched into the UK trade, in a bid to grow this emerging category and offer consumers a modern flavour-driven and stylish alternative to alcohol. Created by drinks industry entrepreneur and founder of Funkin Cocktails, Alex Carlton in recognition of the growing demand from Gen X’rs, STRYYK is predominantly targeted at 18-35 year old and positioned as an inclusive brand for those who choose not to drink alcohol, are having a night off or mixing up their night, but still want to be part of the party.
O.Vine Wine Essence Water™| Wine-grape waste turned into alcohol-free wine infused water
Wine Water, Ltd., parent company of O.Vine, Inc., launched Chardonnay- and Cabernet Sauvignon-essence water to refresh the ‘infused water’ landscape. The two alcohol-free beverages are comprised of a unique concert of purified water and hidden nutritional benefits of upcycled wine grape residue. O.Vine Wine Essence Water™ is uniquely light, dry, crisp, low calorie and with antioxidants, too. It’s created at Israel’s Galilee Mountain Winery. Recently launched in the USA.
O.Vine’s beverages come to the market as the company marks one year since it debuted the award-winning wine grape water infusions. Last year, O.Vine received the “Best New Water” concept award at the prestigious Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian, France. The line consists of red, white, still, and sparkling, non-alcoholic beverages sourced from a variety of grapes and continues to spark growing global interest.
Horecatrends | Tips for Culinary videos worth watching – week 26
YouTube has been a source of inspiration for spotting trends the past few years. Every day, thousands of movies are uploaded with new and interesting content. We too sometimes use videos as a source of inspiration to write about. With this week again a selection of 3 videos which our colleague Manuel Imanse thinks are worth watching.
This week videos about ‘La Bonnotte de Noirmoutier’, world’s most expensive potatoes and an video about why Pink Himalayan Salt is so expensive. Last but not least: a video about Sea Cucumbers.
Hash Kitchen | Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar
A lunch or brunch with just a Bloody Mary? It is possible and it happens, in Scottsdale (near Phoenix) in the USA. All restaurants of Hash Kitchen, have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Guests who order one of their legendary ‘Big Hash Bloody Mary’ of 1 liter in one of their four restaurants, can also use the BYOBM-Bar with more than 40 different toppings as desired.
Initiatives such as a Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with more than 40 different toppings ensure extra attention for your business, both in the media as on social media.