CEO Benson Tsai (entrance) with companions Brian Langone and James Wahawisan are launching the automated Stellar Pizza. / Photograph courtesy of Stellar Pizza
The soon-to-debut robotic truck Stellar Pizza has received some love from Jay-Z.
Stellar Pizza on Monday introduced a $16.5 million Sequence A financing spherical, led by Jay-Z’s enterprise capital agency Marcy Enterprise Companions. The automated pizza truck beforehand raised $9 million in fundraising rounds led by Root Ventures, with participation from Crosslink Capital and Collaborative Fund.
The idea is an automatic meals truck designed by former SpaceX engineers that embody CEO Benson Tsai. Serviced out of a commissary, the vans will be operated with one driver and have the capability of manufacturing about 420 customized 12-inch pies earlier than reloading.
Stellar will provide pizzas, made in about 5 minutes within the truck’s automated system, however Tsai has hinted that the labor-and actual estate-light idea has potential for different meals classes which might be greatest served sizzling and recent, like fried hen or fries.
The primary Stellar Pizza truck is scheduled to launch this fall on the College of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, with different faculty and college campuses to observe.
The aim is to develop a fleet of automated pizza vans that would turn out to be a nationwide model.
The Stellar Pizza group consists of former SpaceX government chef and director of culinary providers Ted Cizma. Famous artisan pizza chef Noel Brohner additionally supplied artistic oversight.
Stellar Pizza is amongst a variety of automated pizza ideas which might be proliferating as know-how evolves and restaurant operators search out extra environment friendly fashions for producing income.
Automated operations that lean extra towards merchandising machines embody Picnic Works; Nala Robotics and Piestro Pods.
Nala Robotics, for instance makes Pizzaiola, a robotic kitchen that may additionally produce pizza, burgers, pasta and wings. Capriotti’s earlier this yr mentioned it could be testing a Piestro Pod at a flagship location in Las Vegas. And the automated drive-thru startup Speedy Eats in August mentioned it could use Picnic Works for pizza when its first restaurant opens in Baton Rouge, La., subsequent yr.
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