This week, Miso Robotics Inc. announced a partnership with sports bar Wings and Rings to begin a piloted test of Flippy 2 in its Crestview Hills, Ky., location with possible plans for further integration in the months ahead.
Built on the Miso Platform, Flippy 2 uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and data analytics to maximize efficiency in the commercial kitchen.
Established in 1984 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wings and Rings said it is a club-level sports restaurant and bar – with chef-inspired recipes, wings and rings, and custom cocktails.
As the first wing concept to integrate Flippy 2 in a real restaurant environment versus a test kitchen, Wings and Rings said it sees robotics as the next evolution in alleviating the long-term challenges that the ongoing labor shortage has brought to the entire restaurant industry. The Flippy 2 robot can do the work of frying station operators, said Miso Robotics.
Restaurant finds Flippy to be 'dependable'
Incorporating Flippy 2 into its operations will help the brand stay true to Chef Dan Admire's culinary commitment of offering a consistently elevated dining experience to its customers, according to Miso Robotics.
“As a leading developer of robotics technology in the restaurant space, Miso Robotics is a perfect partner to integrate into our business,” said Bob Bafundo, chief operating officer of Wings and Rings. “We've been so impressed by our conversations with Miso and our initial tests of Flippy that we're adding more menu items into our pilot. Flippy is consistent, dependable, and cooks our food even quicker than before without sacrificing the flavor-forward taste we're known for.”
Freeing up time for workers
Wings and Rings will not only see an immediate impact on throughput and efficiency in the kitchen, but its human counterparts will be able to focus on more customer-facing roles like waiting tables and taking orders, according to Miso Robotics.
“A few key performance indicators include the amount of labor freed up, product uptime, quality, and speed,” Rachel Wu, a spokesperson for Miso Robotics, told Robotics 24/7.
“Adding another tremendous brand to our customer base is huge, but when that brand shares in our vision for quality and sees robotics as a gamechanger for their overall business and the betterment of their employees, it's even sweeter,” said Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics. “Wings and Rings has been committed to us since Day 1, and we can't wait to work with them for many years to come.”
Flippy has also been installed at Wing Zone, Amazon Web Services Inc., and Wimpy.
Pasadena, Calif.-based Miso Robotics is primarily funded by individual investors and is one of the most successful crowdfund stories in history. With over 25,000 shareholders, the company has raised $75million in crowdfunding to date and recently closed its Series E round, which had a pre-money valuation of $500 million.