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Readers of restaurant development + design magazine plan to incorporate all kinds of touchless technologies into their upcoming projects, according to a February survey of qualified readers.

With the rise of sanitation theater and fear of germs and disease heightened among consumers, most readers surveyed (28.57%) said they plan to include touchless technologies in restrooms. Touchless ordering and payment come in a close second with 25.71% of survey respondents. Touchless doors and entryways came in third place at 21.43% and QR codes for menus was fourth with 20.36% survey respondents saying they plan to include those in their future restaurant plans.

One cheeky respondent said they do not plan to incorporate touchless technologies in future restaurant designs: “I’m not. I want to touch everything.”

Survey respondents could pick multiple answers.

rd+d launched a yearlong research project in December 2020 that will periodically survey qualified subscribers on the state of restaurant development and design. Each issue in 2021 will feature new data collected from very recent reader surveys. 

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