White Castle becomes first fast food chain to test robot cooks

by Peter Heck · Jul 15th, 2020 9:44 am

Last Updated Jul 17th, 2020 at 7:37 am

In what is being called a "trial run," the fast food chain White Castle has announced it is working with Miso Robotics to test out a robotic fry cook at one of its Chicago-area locations.

"I think automation is here to stay and this is the first example of a really large credible player starting down that journey," said Miso Robotics chief executive Buck Jordan of the new collaboration with White Castle.

White Castle is not disclosing which of its Chicago restaurants will employ the automated cook known as "Flippy," but has acknowledged that Miso is already at work installing its latest version in the store.

Flippy will be calibrated with White Castle's point-of-sale equipment so the machine will spring into action the moment an order is placed.

The experiment has been in the works for about nine months as White Castle has indicated its desire to develop "the kitchen of tomorrow today."


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