The Denver restaurant uses a “robot server” to assist staff during busy days when there is a shortage of workers

DENVER, Co. (KABC) — A Colorado restaurant has a futuristic solution to its labor shortage problem: a robotic server.

Tom’s Watch Bar in Denver recently started using the new technology, but it’s not meant to replace humans.

The robot server is only there to help when things get tight.

“It’s completely different than what we have here in the US,” said Refik Turkanovich, Tom’s Watch Bar operating partner. “It’s definitely able to go from one station to the next, delivering dishes if needed to deliver food and then return to his home station.”

Turkanovic said like many restaurants in the city, he and his staff are having a hard time finding workers. Add to that the amount of business that’s coming in as a result of the Stanley Cup games and the restaurant needs help.

“We just did this to take some of the work pressure off,” he said.

The robot is used on days when there is standing room in the restaurant.

“We have pretty strict ADA regulations, and this robot basically follows that trail,” Turkanovic said. “It has great maneuverability.”

Next time the restaurant sees a full house, food and drinks may be provided by the bar’s newest “robot” employee, who has yet to be named, but the staff are working on it.

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Laura Coffey

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