There might be a million ways to get a nice, healthy grain bowl in Downtown Crossing — but do any of these places serve food prepared by robots? Not until now.
Spyce, a fast-casual lunch and dinner spot on Washington St., first opened its doors in May 2018 and is the brainchild of four MIT grads. While still in school, these students turned business partners set out on a mission to make healthy food more accessible and affordable for the average person.
To do so, they came up with the idea to replace line cooks, dishwashers, and prep chefs with robots — cutting regular fast food restaurant budgets in half, while making the food cheaper for customers.
The concept itself is simple. Customers simply walk up to a touchscreen and place their order, after which a giant machine (that’s already loaded with ingredients) dishes out the food into a cylindrical wok. The wok then rotates slowly while being heated by an electric burner, and when done, the meal is poured in a serving bowl.
It’s only after this point that humans get involved. At one given time, there will only be three employees at Spyce: two that will help garnish and deliver the bowls to wherever you’re seated and one to help guide you through the experience. Other than that, it’s truly a futuristic experience.
Being forced to rely completely on technology for your order might seem daunting, but Spyce assures its customers that their menu is still highly customizable. Whether it’s adjusting the flavor, spice, or accommodating dietary restrictions, they’ve got you covered. From The Indian Bowl to the Hearth Bowl, there are also plenty of vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, and vegan options.
The best part though? Each meal is ready in three minutes or less — and no matter what you order, it will only set you back $7.50. (We’ll take it.)
Spyce is be open seven days a week from 10:30am to 10pm. And since it markets itself as a fast-casual spot, much of the business will be takeout. That said, there are 15 seats in the vicinity for those who want to dine with the robots. The future is here, so might as well get used to it.