World’s First Fully Autonomous Restaurant Opens in SF
Thanks to CNBC for sharing the news about Mezli, the world’s first fully autonomous restaurant.
The first fully-robotic restaurant just opened on August 28, 2022 in San Francisco’s Spark Social food park, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
The Mezli founders thought of the idea as grad students at Stanford University and were motivated to create a restaurant with high-quality, healthy meals for a much lower price point than found at other fast-casual restaurants in the Bay Area like SAJJ Mediterranean, Chipotle and Sweetgreen.
The founders paired up with Chef Eric Minnich, a Michelin-star chef to create a menu that its robot could serve at a very high level of freshness.
On the menu, you’ll find Mediterranean grain bowls, sides, and drinks, priced for affordability (their flagship bowls start at $6.99). Options include Lemon Za’Atar Chicken Bowl or Shredded Spiced Lamb & Tzatziki, or you can opt to customize your own bowl with more than 60,000 possible variations.
All of the menu items are prepped fresh daily in a central kitchen and delivered every morning to the robot restaurant. When bowls are ordered at the robot restaurant, each bowl is custom-plated, taken through its final cooking steps inside the robot, finished with sauces, toppings, and garnishes, and served along with sides and drinks.
The robot restaurant, housed in a 20-foot shipping container, will ultimately have no staff on-site. If successfully, it’s just the start for the founders who aim to open more locations and can easily swap out the type of cuisine via a simple software update.
Grab a robot-made meal Thursday-Saturday for lunch 11 am – 3 pm, and dinner from 5-9 pm.
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