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No Need For Human Interaction at This Fully Automated Sushi Restaurant

Fill up on sushi without ever conversing with a waiter.

Genki Sushi.
Genki Sushi.
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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

From tablet ordering to robot waiters, we're living in a brave new world of restaurant technology, and sushi restaurants aren't immune. Enterprise Innovation reports that Genki Sushi has just launched the first fully automated sushi bar in Hong Kong, which allows customers to order, eat, and pay without ever having to interact with another human being.

Customers at Genki start by ordering sushi on-demand through a tablet app. Food is then delivered via a network of miniature Japanese bullet trains. Twenty-four sets of tracks crisscross the restaurant, and the train system has the capacity to serve up to 158 patrons at once. When customers are ready to leave, they simply pay for their meal on a self-service machine. Genki, which introduced Japan's first conveyor belt sushi restaurant in 1968, says it's planning to open several more automated restaurants by the end of the year. A restaurant in Hawaii has already received a similar upgrade, according to Pacific Business News.

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Posted by 元氣壽司 GENKI SUSHI HONG KONG on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This isn't the first time China has seen technology has replaced restaurant workers. In 2012, a kitschy restaurant entirely staffed by robots debuted in Harbin. Stateside, chains are also starting to think more seriously about replacing human staff with technology as a way to combat increased minimum wages and food costs.

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