NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you’ve been relying on technology more and more to get through this pandemic, you’re not alone. But can your neighborhood diner use it to keep you safe while enjoying your favorite meal and a little dose of normal?  Yes it can, and some of the ways may surprise you. 

A few weeks into the pandemic Prestige Diner, a neighborhood favorite eatery, suffered a fire that forced them to temporarily close. Owners Harry and Dimitrios Vardas have been making the most of this time to make major improvements and upgrades to cater safely to their guests. 

Of paramount focus during the updates has been the safety procedures. 

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“Now more than ever we are committed to the safety and health of our guests and staff, and we take our responsibility very seriously. Minimal procedures are not our style—so we decided to implement COVID-19 safety procedures in every step of our operation,” said Harry Vardas. 

So complementing mandatory hand washing every half hour for all employees, staff then will also use the PathSpot hand scanner. This revolutionary technology scans hands, to visually confirm they are safe to handle food and serve customers. Additionally, all servers have passed the ServSafe food handlers test, have undergone additional in-house training and will pass daily health checks. 

“As important as face masks and face shields are, we feel we can take a few extra health precautions, to pitch in and keep guests feeling safe and this pandemic at bay,” added Harry. 

Contactless ordering and payment options will also be available through a the new MyPrestige app, featuring all the diner's entire menu. Available to download by visiting Prestige's website, or by the QR code at every table, every patron patron’s will have the option to order their favorite meal on their own, have it delivered by a server and then pay by using their phone too. However, traditional table service with sanitized menus will also be available, for those that prefer it. 

“We will always be Prestige Diner, with all day breakfast, lunch and dinner served by your favorite server, from the moment we open till we close for the day. The use of the app is just another optional layer of safety available to our patrons who prefer to minimize contact,” said Dimitrios Vardas. “You will also see the menu sanitizing station, our staff will clean and disinfect seating surfaces and tables before and after patron use and social distancing will be strictly followed” added Dimitrios.

In response to indoor dining being delayed indefinitely by the state, The Patio at Prestige has more than doubled its capacity to accommodate as many as 85 guests and to allow for social distancing. The Patio will be open 7am to 11pm once the diner reopens. 

So when is the Prestige Diner opening? Construction is still underway, but they are anticipating opening August 1st. Stay tuned to TAPInto, prestigediner.com and social media accounts for further info.