For restaurant operators and other locations serving alcohol, the 2004 NRA Show offered solutions to help build business and cut costs. Among the solutions spotted on the Show floor: self-dispensing beverage units, plus systems to help operators track their liquor inventory and broaden wine-by-the-glass offerings while minimizing waste.
Two companies are offering similar devices that allow customers to dispense their own beer or other beverages right at the table. Table Tapper, a new company, allows customers to order the equivalent of 116 ounces of a beverage for their table in the company’s namesake product, served in a narrow cylinder, while Spanish companyIniciativas Y Proyectos Hosteleros offers its version, called Metrodispenser, that holds up to 169 ounces. Both products contain a cooling element inside to keep beverages chilled. The Table Tapper allows the base of its product to be branded for additional promotional value, while Metrodispenser can be altered for special events — dressed up in a cowboy hat and boots at a country-western bar, for example.