A restaurant called Creator, located in San Francisco’s SoMa neighbourhood, will cook your burgers on a 14 foot long transparent “culinary instrument.”
Creator had previously opened in June, however, people had to purchase a ticket to order their food. The restaurant will officially be open to walk-in customers this week.
According to Eater, the company used that period to examine the preferences of its customers while designing the burgers accordingly.
The futuristic machine seen in the video can grind the meat, grill it, and prepare buns and condiments for the burger.
“Brioche buns are sliced, buttered and toasted by paddles moving like waves in the ocean. They land in specially designed, compostable hamburger boxes. The buns are topped with fresh produce, sourced from local farms, which is sliced on the spot.”
“Cheese is shredded from blocks and added. The in-machine meat grinder has been calibrated to vertically align the meat with diner’s incisors. The 4.5-ounce beef patties are ground from brisket and cooked using the induction method, both sides at once, then slid into the boxes,” according to the National Public Radio.
Creator is owned by a large culinary robotics firm which was founded by 33 year old Southern California resident Alex Vardakostas. “I really got going on the griddle when I was like 14, 15,” says Vardakostas.
Vardakostas was inspired to create this project back when he was a junior at the University of California while studying physics. The culinary machine is said to provide a healthier, fume free environment for the kitchen staff, while creating high-end burgers quickly.
“A lot of people don’t talk about this or realize it, but it is incredibly unhealthy — inhaling grease-laden vapors and soot all day. So that was this really exciting idea for me, where I could just have this beautiful instrument and I could take control of it,” he says.
Vardakostas who started this projects in his garage would “drive up to Menlo Park and get machine parts at TechShop and drive all the way back down to Orange County and hope they fit together and try to make it work.”
One review of the restaurant says, “the burger was fine to above average (especially for a burger in downtown SF that only costs $6).”
People on Yelp said they liked the robot experience, and commented that the burgers were “pretty good,” however, “slightly underwhelming.”
Currently, the restaurant will only be open from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Even though tickets are not required, the service is on a first-come first-serve basis.