New Zealand Restaurant Will Serve up Burgers via Pneumatic Tubes

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 9 months ago)

Fast food just got a little faster in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a local restaurant will be serving up burgers and fries to their customers at up to 87 miles per hour. Inspired by popular cartoon series Futurama (or maybe Elon Musk's Hyperloop travel design?), C1 Espresso will launch entrees at diners through a series of pneumatic tubes.

The Pneumatic tube is hardly a new piece of technology- in fact the first pneumatic message delivery systems were seen in the 1850s. The technology has been used as secure transport for cash and confidential messages, and the restaurant in question has even used a smaller system to send orders from servers to kitchen staff.

Restaurant owner Sam Crofskey employed a local engineering company to create a series of tubes aimed at reducing waiting times and delivering fresher, hotter food to his diners. Although only one tube is operational at the moment, the pneumatic system is set to be up and running on several restaurant tables by the end of January, and complete throughout the restaurant by the end of 2014.

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