Marketplace customers upload recipes and menu items to Nala Robotics’ highly secure database, while creating a virtual storefront. Orders are placed through a website or online food ordering and delivery platform and subsequently sent to the automated chef where they are fulfilled by sourcing ingredients from a high-tech pantry, picked up and/or delivered to intended customers. The first Nala Marketplace location opened last month in Naperville, Ill. The company plans to open additional cloud-based kitchens in local markets across the country.
“Nala Marketplace is the perfect platform for anyone starting their own restaurant,” said Michael Chintamaneni, owner of Illinois-based DesiOwl, a new late-night takeout and delivery restaurant launched through Nala Marketplace that offers street-style, Indo-Chinese cuisine. “Startup costs were minimal and exponentially lower than it would cost to open a traditional restaurant. The entire setup cost less than a thousand dollars. I also don’t have to worry about staffing, which is ideal given the culinary industry’s tight labor market. It seemed too good to be true, but I was able to open my own restaurant in 24 hours and now our food is available to all customers throughout Naperville and Aurora.”
Nala Robotics provides a full, customizable turnkey solution for aspiring cloud-based kitchens, from restaurant setup to launch. A team of engineers and culinary experts work directly with each restaurateur to replicate menus using Nala Robotics’ automated chefs, where dishes are prepared, taste tested and refined before they are uploaded to the Nala Marketplace platform. Customers pay a $250 enrollment fee per location, plus a monthly licensing fee based on order volume. A percentage of sales for each restaurant goes to Nala Robotics.
“Our Nala Marketplace makes it possible for anyone to own and operate a cloud kitchen without any of the infrastructure and labor costs,” added Sunkara. “Labor expenses are reduced by as much as 60 percent, which also addresses staffing shortages throughout the food and hospitality industry. The best part is that consumers will have access to consistent, authentic and innovative dishes, whether it’s a proven family recipe passed down from generations or a totally new food concept. The possibilities are endless.”
About Nala Robotics
Nala Robotics is an AI technology company that is disrupting the culinary industry. Its innovations include the world’s first fully automated multi-cuisine chef, a customizable robot that uses machine learning to cook infinite recipes replicated with exact precision anytime, anywhere. The company is successfully demonstrating its technology at three company-owned restaurants in Naperville, Ill. under the Nala Restaurants Group name. These include: One Mean Chicken, a fried chicken concept; Surya Tiffins, a South Indian eatery; and Thai 76, a fast-food Thai canteen. The company also offers meal-plan subscriptions and pre-packaged “grab and go” food options at these restaurant locations. Based in Arlington Heights, Ill., Nala Robotics has offices in California, India and Ukraine. For more information, follow the company on LinkedIn and Twitter @nalarobotics.
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