Robot restaurant complex opens in China

Qianxi Robot Catering Group (Qianxi Group) has opened what is dubbed as the “World’s First-ever Robot Restaurant Complex” in Shunde, a city in Guangdong province.

More than 20 in-house developed robots scutter around the 2,000-square metre modern complex to serve more than 200 food items — from Chinese cuisine and clay-pot rice to noodle and fast food. Not only do they deliver food to diners but they also prepare and cook the dishes.

Even with its capacity of 600 diners, the robots can serve the ordered items in as fast as 20 seconds.

Robot-run restaurants are particularly useful during this pandemic as they reduce human contact.

Country Garden Assistant Executive Officer and Qianxi Group General Manager Qiu Mi explained that Qianxi Group has built a complete industry chain encompassing back-end supply production (centralised kitchens) and robotic cooking alongside the operation of restaurants and the management of robots.

The group plans to build more centralised kitchens this year to further expand in the cities of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Some 5,000 robots are expected to be produced per year.