Words: Shamim de Brún
Dublin’s indie darlings turned up in full force last night for Square’s “Almost Christmas” soirée. It was a food lover’s dream, with Kevin from Nomo Ramen making a Japanese ramen-style spin on a classic turkey dinner.
Robin Gill from Fish, the crafty brothers behind Juniors and Lotts Paul and Barry McNerney and Co, Kwanghi Chan, and James Kavanagh of Curabinny were all having the craic and comparing notes on how Square has helped them and their multi-faceted businesses.
The vibe was festive as the guests mingled and toasted to their success, and Square. Square knows how to throw a party. There were photo booths, ice sculptures, quality wine, and non-alcs if you were after them. The gals were having a good time, the lads were having a ball. But it’s not just about the glitz and glamour; it’s about how Square supports Dublin’s independent businesses and makes life a little easier for them.
Barry McNerney, a panellist at the event and owner of Junior’s, said: “We want to do a lot more orders that come through our social media and can be placed directly on our site and be printed directly on our tills. Square looks after that whole payment flow all the way through.”
Square is the cool kid on the block when it comes to small business solutions. With its suite of business software, point-of-sale systems, and payment hardware, it’s the knight in shining armour for restaurants. What makes it the darling of the culinary world?
First and foremost, it just works! Literally everyone at the event led with ‘it’s nice to have a POS that works’. That may sound like the bar is on the floor but so many POS promise more than they can deliver. Square however under-promises and over-delivers.
It genuinely does whatever all of these businesses need. You can have staff clock in and out on it, you can do payroll, and you can track data which you can use to improve your ordering. Users can make it work for their delivery, their merch, their retail, and their service. It’s like Google Suite but for hospitality.
It would be remiss of me not to get into the numbers a bit. There are no fixed monthly costs with Square, and they even offer a free POS system. Making it perfect for new businesses that already have higher costs than at any other point in recent history. You’d think there would be a catch like you get with a 2-year contract or something. But no. There are no complex contracts and long-term commitments. There is no need for a formal application process either; it’s open to everyone.
It’s not just a party; it’s a celebration of culinary innovation powered by Square! Cheers to the flavour, the fun, and the future of indie dining!
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