M Rafi Ahmed
Coimbatore, July 20:
Thinking out-of-the-box to reach dizzy heights are two enterprising enterpreneurs Venkatesh Rajendran and Karthik Kannan, who conceived the idea of venturing into theme-based robotic restaurant. After successfully launching their first outlet in Chennai metro six months ago, the duo targeted Coimbatore for their expansion.And the theme based robot restaurant was declared open today by V Rathna Sabapathy, founder chairman of SS Global ventures and D Nandha Kumar, proprietor of Selvam Agencies. Ideally located on the arterial Avinashi Road on the first floor of Senthil Towers near Residency Hotel, the robotic restaurant caters to customers by serving food at the table. The restaurant, according to promoters, will be open between 11 am and 3 pm and between 7 pm and 11 pm.
It may be noted that the trend of robot themed restaurants is in existence in Japan, China, Bangladesh and other western nations. Importing the idea, the young entrepreneurs decided to start one such robot restaurant in Chennai. They converted MOMO, a restaurant in Chennai Old Mahabalipuram Road to make it a theme based restaurant to serve delicious Thai and Chinese food.Venkatesh Rajendran, a software pro and Karthik Kannan, an architect said that the robots are imported one with different colours. There are 8 robots which are programmed to serve the customers wherein the restaurant is operated with a system. Each table has a tablet displaying menu, rates etc. The customers need to enter the dishes they opt for and press the send button. The order will reach the cooks in the kitchen and once it’s done, the cooks will send out the robots to serve. The robots will understand English and Tamil.
The Chinese menus, dessert and all type of food is being listed in the menu and will have a different feel to the customers with the service provided here. This robot restaurant will be a great entertainment and also a learning one to the children’s and family members.
Shedding more light on the theme based restaurants, Venkatesh said that the robots are battery-operated which are equipped with good sensors to understand and move about inside the restaurant. And the duo is planning for more such restaurants.