They See Me Rollin’: Why Tableside Carts Are Making a Comeback

March 10, 2016

Fact: It’s hard to ignore food that’s right in front of you. Especially when it’s a flaming display of bananas foster. Or when a cart of steamed buns rolls by at your favorite dim sum joint. Food so close you could reach out and grab it—way more tempting than static, grainy photos on a menu. All you have to do is point and put your napkin on your lap. Except you wouldn’t see roving food in the hip, exposed brick and Edison bulb-lit restaurants of the moment—perhaps they’re too gauche, too showy for a farm-to-table hotspot. But slowly, restaurants and…