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Barrel House Restaurants bring in robots to fill gaps in staffing

KGAN Cedar Rapids logo KGAN Cedar Rapids 6/29/2022 Barry Green
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The future has arrived in Eastern Iowa.

Both Barrel House Restaurant locations in Cedar Rapids and in Marion have begun using robots in their daily operations.

Cedar Rapids Barrel House Restaurant General Manager Shawnen Youngman tells Iowa's News Now they locations are struggling to hire a full staff.

Youngman said the futuristic addition is helping fill the gap, with robots assisting staff to bus tables and serve customers during peak hours.

Only costing $30 a day to operate, the robots allow the restaurant to save more money.

"I always like to explain to all my servers that 'it is their assistant,'" Youngman said. "It's there to help them, so they can be interacting with their guests more."

Barrel House currently operates locations in Cedar Rapids and Marion. 

More information about the restaurant can be found here

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