Over the past few years, robots have constantly been evolving and developing. From merely taking instructions and performing the task to actually having a conversation with humans and expressing their desire to have a family, robots have come a long way. But there is always an intrigue that surrounds them, as we do not get to see or interact with robots in our daily life. That, however, is not a concern anymore. One can just walk into this new Chennai restaurant to meet a robot! Yes, it’s true. A new restaurant in Chennai’s Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), has employed robots as ‘waiters’ to serve food to their guests at the table. The robot-themed restaurant is simply called ‘ROBOT’ and is the first-of-its-kind in India.
At this restaurant, patrons can order food – the menu largely comprises Chinese and Thai food – without interacting with the waiter, i.e. the robot. Instead, i-pads are placed on every table and people can order their food through it. This order gets sent across directly to the system at the kitchen. After the order is ready (there are real chefs cooking it!), one of the four robots picks it up and delivers it to the table.
The restaurant has been founded by Venkatesh Rajendran and Karthik Kannan. Rajendran owns another restaurant 747, themed like the inside of an airplane. In an interview to The Hindu, Karthik said that in the restaurant business, it no longer only about the food, the experience matters. Venkatesh states that the robots are battery-operated and can be controlled through sensors. “They are programmed in such a way that they know which dish has to go to which table. They also stop if someone blocks their path,” he added. The duo has also arranged a ‘selfie corner’ outside for people who want to take one with the robots.
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While the restaurant is only a few weeks old, the owners claim that it has already seen packed weekends. Besides the unique theme, what also works for the restaurant is its pricing strategy. The Hindu article states that the average cost for a table of two is Rs 1000, which is fair. What’s next? The duo now plans to open more outlets in Chennai and also upgrade their robots, so that they receive guests, guide them to the table and also recognise them if they have come visiting again. What are your thoughts on this restaurant? Let us know in the comments section below.