CaliExpress: The world’s pioneering AI-powered autonomous restaurant in Pasadena

CaliExpress, situated in Pasadena, is being hailed as the world’s first fully autonomous, AI-powered restaurant. Developed by Pasadena-based Miso Robotics, a restaurant automation company, CaliExpress features robots that make hamburgers and fries, as well as manage the business operations.

  • The restaurant, which will open to the public before the end of the year, aims at bringing robotics into daily life, and uses artificial intelligence for its business operations.
  • John Miller, CEO of PopID and board member of Miso Robotics, stated that the integration of these various technologies into the restaurant is the result of years of research, development, and investment.
  • Despite its automation, the restaurant will still employ human staff as the company believes there is a need for employees to pack the food and interact with the customers.

This move is a significant milestone for the food industry and further cements the role of AI and robotics in the hospitality sector. While the restaurant highlights the benefits of automation, the presence of human employees also underscores the continued importance of a human touch in the service industry.

This unique blend of technology and human interaction opens up new possibilities for the restaurant industry, potentially paving the way for a novel dining experience that marries traditional customer service with innovative technology.