From Eater San Francisco:
"Mezli installed its first fully robotic restaurant at Spark Social in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.
"Mezli isn’t the first automated restaurant to roll out in San Francisco, but, at least according to its three co-founders, it’s the first to remove humans entirely from the on-site operation equation … It’s a startup tale as old as time, so perfect the Netflix mini-series almost writes itself. A trio of Stanford graduate students are going around just living their lives when a problem lands in their laps: a complete lack of convenient and good-for-you dining options that don’t break the bank — especially when you’re living in one of the country’s most expensive metro areas on a graduate student stipend. There’s no time to prep a healthy meal for yourself, and no money to pay someone else to do it for you.
"But unlike what many other people might do (as in, you know, whine and complain and then fork over $15 for a Sweetgreen salad) these entrepreneurial minds decide to do something about it. Combining their conveniently aligned skill sets as a software and artificial intelligence expert, a robotics wunderkind, and an aerospace engineer, they come up with a solution that not only alleviates their personal dilemma but also stands to open up new possibilities for an established industry."
The restaurant "begins taking orders and sliding out Mediterranean grain bowls by the end of this week with plans to celebrate a grand opening on August 28 at Spark Social."
You can read the entire story and see pictures here.
- KC's View:
I think we're going to be seeing a lot more of these kind of operations, especially if staffing shortages continue to be a major problem for businesses.