Never Wait in a Long Line For a Drink in a Crowded Bar Again
A new app developed in Pittsburgh, is designed to get more customers served more quickly when the bartender is swamped.
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In the spirit of NoWait, which helps diners skip long waits at restaurants, comes the app Srvd.
Developed by a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and the general manager of a Lawrenceville bar, the app allows customers to choose their drinks on their smartphones, place their order, pay, and even tip the bartender. The customer is notified through the app when their order is ready.
“Skip Lines. Get Deals. Get Srvd,” is the app’s primary tagline.
“Our mission is to be the most-loved partner of the patron and the bar,” CEO Sachal Lakhavani tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
After graduating from CMU, Lakhavani spent several years in the business world before returning to Pittsburgh. When he ran into former high school classmate Lee Selkowitz, who is general manager at Belvedere’s bar in Lawrenceville, the pair commiserated over the frustrations of bar customers and bartenders when business is brisk.
Nick Mele, who formerly worked for a mobile commerce provider, joined the pair and Srvd was born.
The app is available at Belvedere’s, Rivertowne North Shore, Dad’s Pub & Grub in Monroeville, and Mixtape in Garfield and is expected to arrive at several other watering holes soon.
Lakhavani says Srvd is aimed at giving people more time to socialize, play pool, dance and have fun.
“What we’re trying to do is help people do what they came to the bar to do,” he tells the PG.
Lakhavani insists the app doesn’t intend to encourage binge drinking. In fact, bartenders can use Srvd to help monitor how much a customer has had to drink.
Srvd can be downloaded for both IOS and Android here.