Trends we spotted | Week 30
At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, among other links to articles about the ultimate post-lockdown party at East Asian Kitchen & Bar Lan Kwai Fong in london and ‘Cinéma sur l’Eau’ in Paris.
In the Chicago area, the fast food brand white Castle will start testing their Flippy ROAR (ROAR stand for Robot On A Rail) and in London at Fitzpark we spotted the parklets, created by Arup. A high quality temporary space!
The Indian company Techmax Solution created a touchless elevator panel to fight against COVID-19 and in Stockholm a developer has made a new social distancing app for drinkers, called Byevid, it will help people track pub crowds in real time.
The Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel has introduced solar panels that look as if they are made from stained glass, as part of The Netherlands’ pavilion for the World Expo 2021 in Dubai. And IKEA will start selling their Swedish plant-bases meatballs this summer.
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Last Wednesday (July 22) East Asian Kitchen & Bar Lan Kwai Fong threw the ultimate post-lockdown party, with cocktails like a green tea mojito and endless dim sum and bao buns! Sounds like a real party to reunite with friends! Who is going to throw a similar party? They also added a game of digital beer pong. Check out their sample menu and their signature cocktails, in the link in the title. We would have loved to visit this party! Which restaurant is going to give a similar party in the Netherlands, we would love to eat bottomless dim sum!
On July 18 moviegoers were able to watch a free showing of 2018 French comedy “Le Grand Bain” from 38 electric boats or on deck chairs on the river bank. With an unusual alternative to indoor movie theatres in the time of COVID-19, Paris Plages has this year opened with an open-air cinema set on the banks of the River Seine. Paris Plages is an annual event that transforms sections of the River Seine waterfront into beachfront. This year organisers MK2 Cinemas partnered with the city of Paris for the event. Great example of collaboration.
Coming September White Castle will become the nation’s first fast food brand to deploy a robotic fry-master, known as Flippy. The 99-year-old Columbus, Ohio-based privately held chain said that in September it will test Flippy’s newest incarnation, Flippy ROAR at an undisclosed White Castle store in the Chicago area to – in the case of this test – prepare French fries round-the-clock. More and images at the website of QSR web.
FitzPark, a new quality temporary public space in the immediate vicinity of the creator Arup’s global headquarters in central London. For FitzPark, which is located in the nearby Windmill Street, they transformed a delivery bay on a busy urban street into a parklet containing seating and planters for local residents, employees and visitors to enjoy. It is designed and delivered by Arup’s Landscape Architecture team and the parklet demonstrates how small spaces can be adapted to provide people-friendly uses. This promotes health and wellbeing and encourages people to walk, cycle and spend more time outdoors. Check out the images at their website, link in the title.
The Indian company Techmax Solution created a touchless elevator panel to fight against COVID-19. They call their product the Sparshless and it can be used at almost any elevator. According to the article at the website of Covid innovations the outside unit needs to be installed nearby your current outside elevator unit and you just need to put your hand below the unit to call the elevator. The Sparshless indoor panel needs to be installed nearby the current inside elevator panel and it works by pointing your finger from distance of 15–20 mm. The original elevator panel works at the same time.
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An developer in Stockholm has made a new social distancing app for drinkers, called Byevid, it will help people track pub crowds in real time. Pub owners will also be able to list any COVID-19 requirements for customers. The Byevid app is an app for reserving spots at pubs and restaurants based on capacity. It’s an app that helps businesses manage limited capacity without making customers wait outside. More at The Daily Mail, link in the title.
Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel has introduced solar panels that look as if they are made from stained glass, as part of The Netherlands’ pavilion for the Dubai design expo. The panels consist of lightweight PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, overlaid with fully coloured stickers that look like stained glass. We think it might look great in restaurants or hotels as well! More at Springwise, link in the title.
IKEA will start selling the meatballs in Europe in August of 2020, and they will arrive in the United States on September 28th, 2020. They’ll be sold in bulk frozen bags you can purchase in the grocery section, or as an alternative to the classic meatballs on their Swedish meatball plate — cream sauce, lingonberry jam, potatoes, and veggies all included.