In London: drones are being used to serve hamburgers and sushi
In 2013, Yo Sushi introduced its latest innovation: using a drone to serve hamburgers and sushi. This was something completely new in the restaurant industry.
Yo Sushi is an English restaurant chain founded in 1997 and specialising in sushi. It now has more than 100 establishments in a number of countries (Great Britain, USA, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Norway…).
It was in 2013, for the launch of a range of rice hamburgers that the drones were introduced in the Soho restaurant in London. It’s in this restaurant that the company tests its innovations. As a result, it was in Soho that the first European kaitensushi (a conveyor belt serving sushi) was installed.
Called the ITray, the drone was initially introduced to serve hamburgers, but now also delivers sushi. It moves over an area of 50 metres at a speed of 40km/h, in the restaurant and on the terrace. Made from carbon fibre, it is radio-controlled by waiters who have been specially trained and who are equipped with iPads. Two cameras have been installed on the drone to avoid collisions. They also allow the kitchen staff to see customer reactions live, often with great results!
ITray has been a success and Yo Sushi is planning to roll out the service in all its restaurants in the UK in 2015.
Practical information: Yo Sushi, 52 Poland Street, London, W1F 7NQ