NEW LONDON, Connecticut (AP) – A Connecticut restaurant takes an unorthodox approach to addressing staff shortages: robot waiters to serve meals.
The operator of the Shaking Crab location in New London told The Day that the ocean-themed restaurant will use regular waiters and waitresses to explain the menu and take orders, but the robots will deliver the meals at tables.
Gulshan Soni told the newspaper that the robots can be called out with a bell, and said the innovation is partly for the show and to attract customers with something unique, and partly to alleviate staff shortages. encountered in industry. The four robots cost between $ 6,000 and $ 22,000, he said.
The restaurant’s opening to the public is scheduled for early October. The Shaking Crab has more than two dozen locations in the Northeastern United States and China, according to its website.