#117: Will Artificial Intelligence Save Restaurants?
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The global pandemic and the resulting restrictions and limitations brought on the restaurant industry — from prohibited dine-in to a forced pivot to delivery and pick-up only service — has brought on unique challenges to small business owners throughout the country. With restaurants worried about how to keep their heads above water, this necessity has brought about alternative solutions — namely technology that provides answers to keeping revenue streams steady and consistent.

A particular service, named Numa, has helped restaurants explore unique solutions by being an AI-powered virtual assistant and concierge. What’s great about Numa is that it makes a restaurant’s number textable. The technology then answers every voicemail, text, Facebook message and more. Overall it leads to an efficient use of team coordination that has helped many restaurants who have used it.

Foodbeast Managing Editor, Reach Guinto, sat down recently with Tasso Roumeliotis, co-founder and CEO of Numa, and Lex Gopnik-Lewinsky, owner & founder of Augie’s Montreal Deli in Berkeley, CA to talk about the benefits of alternative technology beyond third-party delivery apps and how they could be the next wave in restaurants taking advantage of different solutions to serve their customers.

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