Watch Robotic Servers Bring Food to Diners, Clear Tables: Labor Crunch

  • Understaffed restaurants are increasingly turning to technology and automation, including robot servers.
  • American Robotech sells four models priced at up to $17,800.
  • Videos show how its robots deliver food, clear tables, and escort diners to their seats.

Restaurants across the US are currently struggling to find labor — and are increasingly turning to technology and automation to solve their staffing woes.

Record numbers of Americans have quit their jobs in search of better wages, benefits, and working conditions. This has caused a huge labor shortage, with restaurants especially hard hit.

They’ve been cutting their hours or closing their dining rooms, both because they can’t find enough staff and because labor is getting more expensive. Restaurant owners also say service is getting slower and that remaining employees are overworked.

Many have been boosting wages and offering better benefits to attract staff – but some have

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Western Iowa restaurant wins tenderloin competition | Local Business

HARLAN, Iowa — Richard and Angela Buman wanted their restaurant to be known for prime rib and steaks.

“That’s what we did when we bought the restaurant — focus on this being a steakhouse,” Richard says of Victoria Station, located in Shelby County, Iowa.

So it seems a bit ironic that 18 months into their venture, they are the winners of Iowa’s Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest. This is the 19th year for the contest, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Richard grew up here, but he and his family moved, spending nearly two decades living in Le Mars, Iowa. Both Bumans worked several years for Hy-Vee.

“Ever since I was a kid, I thought it would be fun to own a restaurant,” he says. “Our youngest child is a junior in high school, and we have talked about what we wanted to

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Two D.C. restaurants named to Esquire’s Best New Restaurants In America list : NPR

Moon Rabbit, Moon Rabbit, a modern Vietnamese restaurant at The Wharf, was one of two D.C. establishments named the best new restaurants in the country by Esquire.

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Two D.C. restaurants — Moon Rabbit at the Wharf and Oyster Oyster in Shaw — have been named to Esquire’s list of best new restaurants of in America this year, continuing a multi-year trend of local eateries rising to the top of prestigious restaurant rankings.

Last year, four local restaurants were named in Esquire’s “23 Best New Restaurants in America” list. In 2019, three local spots made the ranking — and 14th Street’s Seven Reasons was at the very top of it.

This year’s list of 40 restaurants is longer than last year’s — in part, Esquire editor Kevin Sintumuang wrote, because the restaurant industry is still working to recover from the effects of the

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