Watch: Japan’s Mesmerizing Automated Sushi Restaurants
The core concept behind Japan’s successful Muten Kurazushi Sushi Restaurants is something known as a food “bullet trains”—quick-moving conveyor belts that rocket your table’s choices right to your seat. This is, of course, after said selections were ordered via tableside touchscreen. In most restaurants, a separate conveyor belt moves among the tables offering pre-made selections up for the taking.
A Japanese entrepreneur has currently built up 260 Muten Kurazushi locations, but the meal distribution isn’t the only automated gem you’ll find at this chain. Most of the available food is made by machine and bills are tallied up by microchips in the food’s containers that are activated once a plate is removed from its place on the conveyor belt.
Even the dirty dish process is done right at the table—a small chute is located on the wall-side of the booths and transports the plates right up to a massive dishwasher—we’re talking about a contraption that can clean 20,000 dishes every day.
Enough talk, see it in action, below:
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