Over the past year, a 100-year-old fast food supplier has hosted an unusual and unusually hard-working worker at the White Castle in southeast Chicago: a robot roast.
Vilets, as the robot is known, it’s not a gimmick, says White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson. It operates 23 hours a day (one hour is reserved for cleaning) and has worked almost continuously over the past year, manning or robotic-frying station at White Castle No. 42 in Merrillville, India. in a grease-resistant white fabric sleeve, it slides along the rail attached to the ceiling, raising and lowering each basket when it is ready, protected from splashes and leaks. White Castle is so pleased with the Flippy show that in cooperation with its maker Miso Robotics, the chain plans to launch an additional version of Flippy 2.0 in 10 more restaurants across the country.