Global burger chain CaliBurger has opened its first Florida location in University Village Shops at 19800 Village Center Drive in Fort Myers. Besides being the state’s first CaliBurger 2.0, it’s one of the only restaurants in the country to take a tech-forward approach to fast-casual dining.
The most unusual feature of the innovative eatery is its use of Flippy™ robotic kitchen assistants to assist restaurant staff with meal preparation. Flippy is designed to enhance kitchen safety and cleanliness because food is cooked consistently to an exact temperature.
Another high-tech feature at CaliBurger is its PopID kiosk. PopID is a digital authentication platform that allows guests not only to place their order, but also to pay for it with a smile instead of a credit card. While diners who use the kiosks can rack up CaliCoins to earn credits toward free food, staff is always available to take orders the traditional way.
“We’re excited to bring this innovation to the marketplace,” said Tim Frederic, CaliBurger co-owner. “And our employees are getting first-hand experience working with robotic technology to prepare them for a future of high-level tech in the workplace. It’s a really cool opportunity.”
Marlins Brewhouse shares a dining space with the new CaliBurger 2.0 and offers more than 30 draft beers and a full frozen drink bar.
The restaurant is open Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. until midnight, and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. A grand opening celebration for CaliBurger and Marlins Brewhouse is planned for early this year.
CaliBurger now operates in 12 countries. In addition to serving premiumquality beef and fresh-baked buns, the menu includes chicken, hand-selected vegetables, zero trans-fat oils, housemade sauces, and hand-mixed shakes. The restaurant’s made-to-order meals are always prepared in open kitchens,
For more information, visit CaliBurger. com, facebook.com/CaliBurgerUniversityVillage or instagram.com/caliburgeruniversityvillage/.