CEDAR RAPIDS — At the Downtown Wrigley Bar & Grille — the restaurant and sports bar set to open in mid to late January at 315 Second Ave. SE — servers will use their Apple iPads tablets to send orders to the kitchen.
Customers will be able to use their smartphones to queue music on the wireless-enabled TouchTunes digital jukebox without leaving their seats.
Owner Brian Hughes said the iPad will speed service by allowing the servers to enter orders without returning to a wait station. After sending in orders from one table, they’ll be able to move on to the next.
The system was installed by Bradley Spohrer of ISA, a North Liberty private electronic security company.
“It brings a certain amount of sex appeal to it,” Spohrer says. “Your credit card never leaves the table — your waitress can sit right there and swipe it (through the card reader) while you watch.”
The wireless network also controls data for the pub’s 17 large-screen and ultra-large screen televisions, up to six different video games, the digital jukebox, a closed-circuit television system and a Bar Vision system that monitors the drinks being poured “down to the millimeter.”
The bar also will feature a Par T Indoor Golf Simulator, which will allow customers to play a round of virtual golf at one of nine famous courses — from Pebble Beach to the Dubai Emirates Golf Club.
Players will strike real balls with real clubs against a interactive screen at a cost of about $30 per hour. Hughes said he hopes many players bring their own clubs, and he hopes to host virtual golfing leagues.
Hughes also operates the Wrigleyville sports pub at 1899 Seventh Ave. in Marion. He’s also currently remodeling the space formerly home to Toocan’s Tiki Lounge at 329 Second Ave. SE, which he has owned first as Volume and then as Toocan’s. It will reopen soon as a country bar called Hazard County Saloon.
Downtown Wrigley had been home to Teeghan’s and Dublin City Pub.
Downtown Wrigley is expected to open in mid- to late January.