Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Labor-Capital Pendulum: Automated Restaurant Opens In San Francisco

At some point the pendulum doesn't swing back.
From SFGate:

Fast food reinvented? Eatsa, a fully automated restaurant, opens today
The future is now. 
Well, it certainly feels that way when you walk through the doors at the flagship location of Eatsa, a new high-tech fast food restaurant that opens today, Monday, August 31st, near San Francisco’s Embarcadero. 
According to co-founders Scott Drummond and Tim Young, Eatsa is all about using technology to reinvent fast food. What does that mean exactly? 
As far as the food, the base for these affordable, fast, healthy — and completely meat-free — meals is quinoa. Diners can select from about 8 menu options ($6.95/bowl) — like the burrito bowl with beans, corn and guacamole — or choose to customize their own bowl themselves.
In terms of the front of house experience, it’s fully automated, with all meal ordering done via in-store iPads. Not a human in sight, though there is a team of about five or six back-of-house kitchen staff (or as I like to imagine, magical elves) who are hidden from view and prepare the food. There’s also one attendant on hand to help the tech challenged. 
When your meal is ready — in just a few short minutes — it appears in small glass compartments, in a manner that’s reminiscent of the classic mid-20th century automats....MORE