A handful of West Central businesses are making the switch to robots to replace their human employees.
Some of the largest employers in the area are now making the transition.
READ MOREThe chain of restaurants and bars, called “The Blue Palace,” is moving to a new location next to the Washington Monument in 2019.
The company will also open a new restaurant and bar next to its current location.
The Blue Palace is a family-owned restaurant and has been serving up American classics for more than 100 years.
It also serves as a local destination for tourists and locals alike.
“We will have a new kitchen that is going to be open for our customers, and our bar will be open,” said Amy Gaudet, the owner and general manager of the Blue Palace.
“We’re just really excited about what that new kitchen is going do for us.”
Gaudet said she believes robots are more efficient and efficient than humans.
“There are a lot of people who are already doing these jobs that aren’t even looking for them,” she said.
“If I was looking for someone to do that job, I wouldn’t look at robots.”
Gartet said the restaurant will also be able to employ a full-time employee.
She said she hopes to open a full restaurant and take advantage of the new space as a new customer base.
“It’s going to feel a little bit more like a restaurant,” she added.
“And we’ll have a few other perks as well.”
Gretchen O’Brien, owner of the popular Waffle House, is also moving to the new location.
She said she’s excited to start working with a robot at the restaurant.
“This will be a very different place for us,” she told WUSA9.
“It’s a very small space, and it’s going be very casual.”
The restaurant is scheduled to open in 2021.