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Introducing Vemos Pay – Free Contactless Payments Solution for Restaurants & Bars

Today, Vemos announced the release of Vemos Pay, our contactless payment application that allows guests to view, split and pay their check at restaurants and bars. It’s free to both consumers and establishments, and works with the restaurant’s existing point of sale system.

“The hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, so we sought out a way to provide a safe solution that doesn’t cut into already thin margins during this incredibly difficult time,” said Parag Shah, Co-Founder and Director of Vemos. “Because Vemos Pay works with the establishment’s existing point of sale system, there’s no staff training or additional accounting required. It’s the same as taking a credit card payment, only the payment is sent from the customer’s phone instead to minimize the number of touchpoints.”

Vemos Pay mimics the process that already exists to make it simple for restaurant staff. Guests enter their table number on the Vemos Pay app to see their check while still ordering directly with the server. When they’re ready to leave, they pay through the app using a stored payment method. Payment is encrypted and sent directly to the point of sale system, is processed with the same merchant services provider, and the check is closed on both the point of sale system as well as the consumer’s app. Payments include gratuity, and can also be split with other guests at the table.

Vemos made its Vemos Pay solution free to allow for a no-barriers way for restaurants & bars to provide a safer environment amidst the pandemic.

“We noticed point of sale systems were coming out with their own solutions, but many were at a price point that made it hard for these restaurants to adopt them,” said Shah. “They also weren’t centered around guest experience or loyalty. We’ve been in the hospitality industry for the past 10 years and know first-hand how important guest experience is to build repeat business, and wanted to do our part to make sure there’s an attainable solution that allows restaurants & bars to achieve this.”

Venues can learn more about getting set up to accept Vemos Pay at

Vemos is streaming a live, socially distant benefit concert from Icehouse stage tonight

As published in City Pages on April 20, 2020.

We’re all used to music livestreams by now.

Local musicians now stream live music every night of the week. These temporary replacements for IRL shows, usually set up in the artists’ homes, offer a special kind of intimacy. But don’t you miss getting out to an actual club for live music?

Well, that’s obviously not gonna happen any time soon. But tonight you’ll have an opportunity to “visit” the stylish Nicollet Avenue venue Icehouse—virtually, of course—for Bridging the Gap, a benefit for Twin Cities service-industry workers who’ve lost their income as a result of the pandemic. It’s your chance to see something you haven’t for a while: local musicians performing from an actual stage at a local venue.

“We had approached Icehouse a couple weeks ago, after the shutdown first took place,” says Parag Shah, founder of the hospitality software company Vemos, which is hosting the event. “I called [Icehouse co-owner] Brian [Liebeck] and said, ‘What do you think about putting together a virtual concert?’”

Liebeck was on board, and he assembled tonght’s lineup, which includes 4onthefloor’s Gabe Douglas (who’s become a hardy regular on the local livestream circuit), soul modernist PaviElle, drummer Dave King, electronic music masters Dosh and MAKR, and DJ Fundo.

Each of these musicians will stream a solo set direct from the Icehouse stage. “We wanted to have real production values,” Shah says of the decision.

The event was originally set to take place on April 11, but was rescheduled. Under the circumstances, the logistics, as you might imagine, pose unique challenges. “No two performers will be in the venue at the same time, and we’ll wipe down the stage thoroughly between sets,” Shah explains. It’s all in compliance with the stay-at-home order: The organizers were able to get the approval of Governor Walz’s office for the event.

Tickets are $11, same as our current minimum wage, and proceeds will go to the North Stands, a fund established for hospitality workers. Vemos and Icehouse have also partnered with four area breweries—Utepils, Falling Knife, Bent Paddle, and Indeed— to offer package deals, if you like some beer to go with your show. (The breweries’ take goes to the Silver Linings Fund.)

“The concert venue space is going to be one of the last public spaces to go live again,” Shah says. “So for now we’re going virtual.”

And here’s one advantage virtual shows have over club events: There’s unlimited capacity. This is one show we can promise you won’t sell out.

Bridging the Gap
With: Gabe Douglas, PaviElle, Dosh, Dave King, DJ Fundo, MAKR
Where: Stream here.
When: 6 p.m. Monday, Apr. 20
Tickets: $11

Virtual Entertainment Picks: Vemos Bridge the Gap Benefit Concert

As published in the Star Tribune on April 16, 2020.

Bridge the Gap benefit concert

Monday: We’re all missing live music, and bartenders, wait staff and others in the service industry are missing the music as well as our tips. So Vemos, a hospitality software company, and Icehouse, the cool Minneapolis music venue/restaurant, are staging Bridge the Gap, a livestreamed benefit concert for Twin Cities service workers. A parade of Minnesota musicians will perform at Icehouse including the 4onthefloor’s Gabe Douglas, gospel-soul powerhouse PaviElle, electronics wiz Dosh and jazz drummer extraordinaire Dave King. Tickets cost $11, which is the current minimum wage in Minneapolis. (6-10 p.m. Mon., Jon Bream