The Old Ebbitt Grill
, a restaurant in D.C., is running an interesting experiment. They are printing news stories on restaurant receipts. Diners get a separate news receipt that contains "The Latest News" from the Associated Press. The news is powered by software from Micros Systems. The news service already has one sponsor, Domtar, a paper manufacturer.
In a press release
, Old Ebbitt Grill's Managing Director, David Moran, says, "We've got thousands of news-hungry Washingtonians coming to lunch, so we're giving The Latest News a shot. If this works at the Old Ebbitt, it just might sweep across the world."
This is an interest idea, but it will have to compete with the modern devices people carry around that also provide the latest news. One drawback is that text printed on receipts is not the easiest to read. You can see a sample of what the receipt news looks like here