You Can Enjoy $6 Burgers At Creator, A Startup Restaurant Where Robots Cook For You


Consumers can now enjoy fresh food as a robot cook prepares their meal upon order. Creator offers $6 burgers prepared by a mechanical chef.

Fast Food Made Fresh

The restaurant is the brainchild of Alex Vardakostas and will open its first branch at 680 Folsom Street in San Francisco. It hopes to officially open its doors to the public sometime in September but plans to do a trial run every Wednesday and Thursday until launch day.

Early access tickets were sold to give people a chance to sample the menu earlier than others but quickly sold out presumably due to the hype. The establishment wants to serve only the freshest burgers at an affordable price but does not want to compromise the quality and taste.

Other than the one-of-a-kind cooking process wherein everything is almost automated, the brand likewise wants to impress customers with the value they get for their money.

Quality And Taste Matters

A normal burger joint features a large kitchen space to accommodate equipment as well as the staff. Meanwhile, due to the compact size of the robot chef, Creator reveals that it saves money because of the smaller need for human labor and floor area.

This enables the restaurant to focus more resources on the taste and quality of its burgers. Furthermore, since the entire preparation is handled by the machine, the final product is more consistent than what is prepared by a human worker.

"This is the kind of burger you would get for $12 to $18 and it's $6," explains Vardakostas. "We spend more on our ingredients than any other burger restaurant."

Automated Assembly And The Competition

Since Creator boasts fresh ingredients and $6 burgers prepared as soon as a customer orders, the machinery that handles everything must be up to the challenge. A close inspection of the setup reveals an elongated table with several tubes that hold the ingredients. To back its claim, nothing is pre-cooked, and components such as the hamburger bun and vegetables are sliced along the way.

Additionally, the meat for the patties is ground and cooked as the buns travel along a small conveyor belt that piles the toppings along the way. The finished product is served open face on a clamshell container. The customer then closes the cover to join the two halves together and enjoy their meal. The robot sports multiple components, such as 50 actuators, 350 sensors, and 20 computers.

Creator might not be the first company to unveil a mechanical chef in its kitchen. A few months ago, Miso Robotics showcased Flippy, a robot arm with an array of sensors that flips and cooks burger patties.

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