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TGI Fridays becomes first UK bar to implement tab feature from MasterCard and Oracle

TGI Fridays, Oracle and MasterCard have launched a mobile-payment app feature that enables consumers to set up, manage and pay bar tabs using their smartphones, according to a press release. 

The TGIF at Leicester Square in London will be the first location to have the Bar Tab feature, which will be a new function within Mastercard's Qkr! payment app, according to the release. The application will be integrated into Oracle Hospitality's restaurant management platform and Masterpass, MasterCard's digital payment service.

After today's initial debut, TGIF plans to deploy the app to 80 additional locations in the U.K. by the end of 2017. 

MasterCard first announced a partnership with Oracle earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Spain.

Customers can easily manage their tab through a designated four-digit PIN that connects orders in the restaurant management software to the Qkr! payment account, according to the release. There is no need to hand over a payment card to bar staff, and no need to use a card machine.

"We're always looking for ways to improve the unique Fridays experience for our guests," Jeremy Dunderdale, head of business solutions for TGIF U.K.. "With Bar Tab, we're able to offer our diners the freedom to settle their bills on-demand, with this quicker and more convenient payment platform. Enabling self-service payments also allows our team members to focus on engaging guests in more meaningful ways — which is what we're all about at Fridays."