Get Ready for a Rollin' Good Time at Robotic Restaurants

Restaurants with roller coasters and robots are the latest craze.

There are times when you get such a big bar tab that you feel like you’re being taken for a ride. Well, a new concept in gastro-entertainment will change the way you feel about those words.

In the ROLLERCOASTERRESTAURANTS chain, food and beverages glide to guests on a roller coaster system consisting of stainless steel tracks that includes loops, steep turns and spirals. Meals are buckled up in special transport devices that are automatically elevated to a higher level to be driven and delivered solely by gravity.

Other than the cooks in the kitchen and the quality control managers (making sure what goes out is the correct order) there is no human intervention. You order through a digital menu, inserting a card into the display tablet (which we automation geeks like to refer to as the human machine interface) that includes your table number for fast and efficient delivery.

And if you thought that was enough to make you scream with delight, hold on tight because it gets better: Robots mix cocktails and show off the move they invented—the robot—to eye-catching light shows.

The concept was first introduced in Nuremburg in 2007 and has since grown to several more locations, the latest addition to be unveiled later this month in Vienna. We’ve yet to experience robot dining in the U.S., but hopefully soon.

Hmmm. I feel a new idea for a Food Network show coming on. Please pick me to be a host!

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