Restaurateur Alan Yau (Wagamama, Hakkassan, Busaba, Yauatcha, Duck and Rice and Park Chinois) has launched what is thought to be London’s first cashless restaurant.
Following on from Turkish pide restaurant Babaji Pide, Yau’s latest concept named Yamabahce is a quick service food outlet with limited indoor seating. Located at 26 James Street in Marylebone, just off Oxford Street in St. Christopher Place, which has become a popular eating destination. According to the Yamabace.com website the restaurant has a scheduled ‘termination date’ of December 2019, when perhaps it might move into larger premises if deemed a success.
Ever the innovator Yau has called time on conventional cash at his latest London restaurant. Card payments are the only accepted checkout method. Excluding cash transactions should improve operational logistics at the business. Time draining tasks such as end of day cashing up swallow up manager’s time. A study in america found 81% of restaurant goers paid by card.