Photo/IllutrationGathering Table Pantry, which opens in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Nov. 6, will accept only credit cards and electronic money. (Provided by Royal Holdings Co.)

FUKUOKA--Restaurant chain operator Royal Holdings Co. has cooked up an innovative solution to overcome the labor shortage problem--eliminating cash payments.

Cashless restaurant Gathering Table Pantry will open on a trial basis in Tokyo on Nov. 6 with a “No Cash” sign at its entrance.

The Fukuoka-based company aims to enhance efficiency at the new outlet by doing away with the traditional payment management system.

With not even a terminal to top up IC card balances, the only payment methods accepted will be by credit cards and electronic money using a tablet device placed on each table, which will also be used by customers to place orders.

Royal Holdings said the 40-seat restaurant could be managed by just three staff members thanks to the cashless payment system.

The company plans to use the know-how to be gained from this outlet to its chain restaurants such as Royal Host.