Arooga's® Grille House & Sports Bar Chooses Next-Generation Tabletop Tablets from NTN Buzztime®
It's a Customized Entertainment Experience for Guests
America's Next Top Restaurant Franchise Winner Says Buzztime's New Platform is its Brand Standard at Nine Pennsylvania Locations and All Future Corporate & Franchise Restaurants
May 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // HARRISBURG, Penn. – The news from Arooga's, America's Next Top Restaurant Franchise Winner, just keeps getting better as they add a customized entertainment experience to make guest visits even more fun and engaging.
Harrisburg-based Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar today announced it is making next-generation tabletop tablets from Buzztime, North America's leader in bar and restaurant entertainment, the brand standard for all current and future corporate & franchise locations.
Arooga's provides the Buzztime BEOND tablet-based entertainment system, featuring seven-inch touchscreens, at all nine of its Pennsylvania locations and will feature the system at all future Arooga's. Buzztime tablets are connected to a network that delivers single or multiple player games like Trivia and Texas Hold 'Em and are also pre-loaded with more than 25 arcade games for guests of all ages to enjoy. Additional features such as requesting songs and television programming, as well as ordering food and drink, and being able to pay your bill, is expected to be added in the near future.
"Everything we do at Arooga's is designed to turn new customers into regulars by providing an exceptional experience," said Gary Huether, Jr., president and co-founder of Arooga's. "With Buzztime's cutting-edge tablets, we are "with the times" in terms of customers' expected technology and we exceed their expectations for their overall entertainment experience. Buzztime is a great solution for Arooga's because we know it keeps people entertained and it also keeps our guests coming back."
Since Arooga's opened its first restaurant in 2008, it has been an industry darling and ahead of the curve in all aspects of its business, from their focus on great food to having a huge selection of draft beers, to striving to provide more screens than any other sports bar. Arooga's was selected as America's Next Top Restaurant Franchise, beating more than 250 entrants from 36 states in a program co-sponsored by Sysco Foods and The Franchise Edge in a nationwide search to find an independent restaurant to become the next great franchise.
Now famous for its exceptional food and beverages, Arooga's Signature Wing Sauces have taken top honors at the National Buffalo Wing Festival, the crown jewel of wing contests, five years in a row in addition to nabbing numerous local awards.
Buzztime BEOND tablets are now part of the Arooga's footprint as it pursues a strategic growth plan that includes franchise development in its home state of Pennsylvania as well as New England, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
"We are extremely pleased to have this rock star of a sports bar chain in the Buzztime family," said Vladimir Edelman, chief development officer at Buzztime. "It's an exciting time for both of our brands as we look to redefine the consumer entertainment experience inside restaurants, creating a new standard for enjoyment. Partnering with cutting edge brands such as Arooga's, whose guests expect a next level of entertainment, is fundamental to the Buzztime experience."
Buzztime's tablets are the newest addition to the suite of entertainment products that Buzztime has been offering to bars and restaurants for more 30 years. Buzztime, in multi-month trials in 2013 with a large customer, also saw a 500% increase in gameplay on the BEOND platform compared to the prior year period vs. its Classic platform. In all, Buzztime games are played more than 50 million times a year. Arbitron studies have shown that Buzztime players spent 27 minutes longer and spent $5 more on average than non-players in the bars and restaurants where they play. Buzztime registrations average more than 150,000 new players a month, with about 200,000 new player registrations in the most recent month, April 2014.
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Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar is an innovative full-service casual restaurant and bar with a sports and entertainment focus that combines exceptional food and beverages, with unique concepts, and proprietary operational strategies. Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar was founded in July 2008, and currently operates nine corporate locations in Central Pennsylvania. Now, its founders are taking the "unique sports and entertainment restaurant & bar" concept national and are offering franchising opportunities to qualified single and multi-unit candidates. For more information, visit www.aroogas.com/franchising or contact Keith Swade, Arooga's Franchise Development at (215) 450 -9388 at KeithSwade@Aroogas.com
NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant entertainment and marketing services platform. With over 4 million player registrations on the Buzztime platform and over 50 million games played each year, Buzztime players spread the word and invite friends and family to their favorite Buzztime location to enjoy an evening of fun and competition. With Buzztime entertainment and marketing solutions, bars and restaurants can turn casual visitors into regulars, and give guests a reason to stay longer. For the most up-to-date information on NTN Buzztime, please visit www.buzztimebusiness.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
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