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Robot Waitresses at Chinese Restaurant

The Dalu Rebot Restaurant, in Jinan, northern China's Shandong Province, has six robot waitresses and can cater for up to 100 diners.

The seating arrangement comprises 21 tables that are set in circles and the robots follow a fixed route to serve diners in rotation. After serving, the robots return to the kitchen to refill their carts for the next round.

Restaurant spokeswoman Wang Xianwei said that all of the waiting on tables was done by robots. However, there are people employed to welcome customers and explain to them how the restaurant works.

And the food, mainly the Chinese version of fondue, is prepared by humans in the kitchen.

"Next, we'll develop robots which can climb stairs and help with kitchen chores like washing the dishes, and our waitresses will become more sophisticated so they can go direct to a customer's table and even refill diners' drinks" said spokesman Zhang Yongpei.

The restaurant was developed by the Shandong Dalu Science and Technology Company which plans to further develop the concept, by rolling out more ‘robo-servers’ for the eatery, to accommodate 100 diners at the same time.

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