"eatsa—the tech-rich, automat-like concept expanding from the San Francisco Bay area—was named Restaurant Business’ 2016 Tech Accelerator of the Year, a recognition of the restaurant industry’s leading innovator in automation."
"But the craziest thing about my eatsa experience was this: I loved it."
"The automated fast-casual restaurant that specializes in customized quinoa bowls has announced plans to open in downtown Washington this fall, after building a portfolio of four locations in California starting last year."
"The idea has proven to be successful in San Francisco and Los Angeles, so, naturally, eatsa will expand to New York this fall, with a location at 285 Madison Avenue, between 40th and 41st streets."
(Video) "A futuristic restaurant called eatsa is offering a fresh take on fast food."
“eatsa offers a glimpse into the future of food. According to Fast Company, the vegetarian restaurant features eight different quinoa-based bowls, including Mediterranean-inspired, curry and even a burrito bowl. None of the bowls top out above 646 calories, and they’re all below seven dollars, making for a protein-packed, calorie-conscious and wallet-friendly lunch option.”
“The restaurant, eatsa, the first outlet in a company with national ambitions, is almost fully automated.”
“Pretty much everyone here is with someone else,” she says. “It’s a point of conversation with another human being also.”
Much like Amazon and Uber, automat eateries offer speed, efficiency, and a lack of human interaction.
The restaurant itself requires very little space to operate-- the founders say eatsa can be opened in as little at 500 square feet."
The biggest different between the restaurant and its fast-food competition is not simply the food, but the fact that, from ordering to pickup, the customer experience at eatsa is managed entirely by machines."
Sometimes fast food just isn't fast enough. A new highly automated restaurant that opened in San Francisco on Monday looks to speed service through efficiency — you won't see any people taking your order or serving you at the eatsa quinoa eatery."
"For only $6.95, guests can build customized bowls via an in-store iPad or on their phones. Within a few minutes, your made-to-order meal is ready for pickup inside a personalized glass compartment, you pay via credit card, and you're on your way. It's like magic!"
"The goal of the restaurant is twofold: Create a lightning-fast food experience on the cheap by automating the service process as much as possible."
"Their secret? It’s science, not just more fat and salt. They undertook a roughly two-year process of collecting and analyzing data on consumer taste preferences, and engineering a taste experience—naturally, and without excessive fat, sodium, or sugar—with the addictive qualities of the best fast food."
"Across the country, restaurants are looking for innovative ways to keep humans out of the picture. But what’s unique about eatsa is the focus on health and taste. It’s a fully-automated experience, so eatsa can afford to offer high-quality food for less."