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Bay Area restaurants with robots making, serving your food

When San Francisco’s Momentum Machines opens the world’s first robot-fueled burger joint in the city’s South of Market neighborhood, they will be able to slice, grill, assemble and bag 400 artisan burgers — on brioche, no less — every hour. While no opening day has been set, the company has announced its physical location on Folsom Street,  and the $18 million they secured in funding last year has certainly brought them closer to opening day.
But they’re not the only restaurant employing robots. There are a handful of eateries in the Bay Area where you’ll find shiny, LED-lit workers and servers increasing efficiency, reducing labor costs and freeing up human food professionals to focus on more creative, high-level skills, like interacting with other humans.
Here are four Bay Area eateries where robots shine.

Gen Korean BBQ House, Fremont
This So Cal-based all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant is expanding rapidly across the Bay Area, but it’s the new-ish Fremont location that is particularly popular. There, in an aisle between the sleek booths, robots deliver food right to your table via a conveyor belt. Servers take the orders but it’s the bright, LED-lit machines that carry plates of beef bulgogi and pork belly to a central point in the dining room. If your table is not directly along the track system, a server will walk it over to you — with a smile. That’s why servers — not robots — still get the tips.
Details: Open from 10 a.m. Monday-Friday, and from 9 a.m. on weekends, inside the Pacific Commons center at 43476 Boscell Road, Fremont;
Zume Pizzeria, Mountain View
Pepe. Bruno. Marta. They’re the pizza-making robots working alongside human pizzaiolos at this  delivery-only pizzeria start-up. As the folks at Zume explain , the bots perform repetitive, low-skill tasks, like spreading sauce on an unbaked pie or slipping it into the oven, freeing up human workers to focus on the creative stuff, like devising tasty new flavor combinations. And, if a pizza-making robot isn’t high-tech enough for you, there’s this tidbit: Zume’s delivery truck houses smart ovens, allowing them to cook 56 pizzas at a time while on the road. Now that’s a fresh-out-of-the-oven pie.
Details:  Pizzas are $10-$22. Delivery begins at 11 a.m. daily. Area reaches from Redwood City to Sunnyvale, and includes Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View;
Eatsa, San Francisco
No lines. No cashier. Just flavorful, nutrient-dense lunch on the go. That’s the idea at this vegetarian grain bowl-dispensary , where robots work with precision to craft your quinoa plus (insert egg, curry, hummus, eggplant parm or chili here) bowl. Just order on the in-store iPad ($6.95, lunch or dinner) or via the downloadable app on your phone and — poof — within minutes the order appears in a personalized cubby. Even better, your previous orders are saved so if you’re craving roasted veggies in spicy Thai curry sauce again, it’s one-touch and done.
Details: Hours vary. Open daily at 1 California Street and 121 Spear Street, both in San Francisco;
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Cafe X, San Francisco
At San Francisco’s Cafe X coffee bars, you can drink your Ritual, Equator and Intelligentsia coffee drinks knowing the barista got your order exactly right. No miscommunication, no inconsistency. That’s because shiny white Mitsubishi robot arms  that look sort of like dental x-ray equipment prepare the cortados, flat whites and other espresso drinks. Professional baristas craft the recipes and select the top-notch ingredients, like Clover Organic Milk and Oatly’s Swedish oat milk, of course. Simply download the app, select your beans, and coffee drink ($2.55-$4.05) and wait for your drink to pop out of the coffee vending machine. Now, if only they had latte art robots…
Details: Open from 8 a.m. daily inside the Metreon at 135 4th St., and from 6 a.m. daily at 578 Market St., both in San Francisco;
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