Country Garden Builds the World’s First-ever Robot Restaurant Complex in Guangdong, China
Country Garden, a real estate developer in China, has revealed that its subsidiary Qianxi Robot Catering Group (Qianxi Group) has opened a robot-operated restaurant complex. Located in Shunde, a city in China’s Guangdong province, the restaurant eliminates most human-to-human contact and maybe a sign of how businesses are planning to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
“Country Garden’s chief executive officer and general manager of Qianxi Group Qiu Mi explains that Qianxi Group has built a complete industrial chain that includes back-end (central kitchen) production and robot cooking along with restaurant operations and robot management,” Country Garden shared.
The restaurant complex is 2,000 square meters or about 21,527 square feet, and it has 20 robots equipped to serve a wide variety of dishes, including Chinese food, fast food, ground rice and hot pot. The menu has 200 items, but is available within 20 seconds of the order. The restaurant can accommodate up to 600 guests at a time.
“By 2020, the group plans to build more centralized kitchens to grow further in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao cities of the Greater Bay Area, while achieving large-scale production of robots with an expected output of about 5,000 units per year,” Country Garden is sharing.
Part of the motivation to create a restaurant complex run by robots without humans was the coronavirus outbreak. Some customers are still scared to go back to the restaurant even though the staff is wearing masks and cleaning tables. Others are less skeptical but may feel safer knowing that there is no human connection to their food during their meal preparation. It’s easier to clean robots and their equipment than to keep humans free from disease.
The movement towards the robot-controlled restaurant began long before the coronavirus outbreak. From robotic chefs to robotic chefs, restaurants have been testing technology for many years. Today, concerns about health and safety at dining have pushed the technology forward and increased its acceptance.
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