Wing Zone to include Miso Robotics’ Flippy 2 in future restaurant builds

Robotics advancements will be incorporated in upcoming openings in Southern California

Wing Zone partnered with Miso Robotics to install Flippy 2 in future builds of its restaurants. The move follows a February announcement by White Castle indicating it would deploy Flippy 2s in 100 future locations. Wing Zone said it is the first fast-casual brand to “spec food robotics in its operations at this level.”

A franchisee of Wing Zone, Wing Zone Labs, will support these technological innovation efforts. It is at Wing Zone Labs locations that Flippy 2 will first find a home within the Wing Zone brand. Thus, at 20 upcoming stores, Flippy will handle the frying station for chicken wings and other fried menu items.

“With over 100 new shops in our current development pipeline, our technology roadmap relies heavily on strategic partnerships with companies like Miso, a pioneer in the field of food automation, that has the knowledge, data and resources to design robotics solutions that maximize our efficiency and provide a better overall customer experience,” said David Bloom, chief development and operating officer of Wing Zone. “Our industry is in dire need of automation, and we are more than ready to deploy it at scale to continue growing our business.”

Similarly, in April, Jack in the Box also began testing Flippy 2 (and Sippy, too) in San Diego.

[Related article: White Castle to deploy Flippy 2 at 100 units]

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce a truly groundbreaking partnership with Wing Zone to incorporate back-of-house automation into all of its future restaurants from this point forward,” said Mike Bell, chief executive of Miso Robotics. “No other brand has accepted automation to this degree, and we don’t take their trust in us lightly. We want to establish Wing Zone as the franchise of the future, and this is just the first step in doing so.”

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And as a crowdfunded company, Miso Robotics boasts 18,000 shareholders. As such, it has raised over $50M to date and finds itself currently in its Series E round.

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