SAN FRANCISCO (Circa) — The future of robotics tastes amazing.
A new burger joint in San Francisco has swapped chefs on grills for conveyor belts and bun shooters. The restaurant is called Creator, and its hamburger machine can spit out an order in five minutes.
Creator's machine is 14 feet long and has 50 sensors and 20 computers built in. The efficiency at which it cooks (no food waste and only firing up a griddle the exact amount of time needed for each order) allows Creator to price its better-than-fast food, antibiotic-free burgers at $6 a pop. (Add-ons like fries and drinks are extra.)
After an order is placed, Creator's machine starts by slicing a bun in half, buttering it, toasting it and then dropping it into a burger plate set on top of a conveyor belt. As the plate moves along, it passes under a sauce dispenser; onion, tomato, pickle, lettuce and cheese slicers; a seasoner; and finally the bun gets pushed in front of the griddle, where the freshly chopped burger that's been cooking throughout the dressing process gets delicately dropped onto it.
Since its soft open in late June, Creator has been selling reservation tickets online for its burgers, but the restaurant does plan to eventually open its doors to walk-in customers at some point down the road.