After two months of strict lockdown, residents from a city of Spain now celebrate their newfound freedom and love for beer while still following contact-free and social distancing measures.
Beer Cart made its debut in a bar in Seville, Spain in late May. It provides beers to customers without worrying any physical contact from others.
The robotic barman sits at the middle La Gitana Loca (The Crazy Gypsy). It is known for its “Captain Hook” arm, smoothly reaches over to a dispenser. Then it takes a plastic cup then spins around to hold it at an angle under the tap.
Alberto Martinez, owner of the bar, said he bought Beer Cart before the pandemic hoping to boost sales. The robot makes a 200ml-beer amounting to 0.70 euros ($0.75).
He said the robot gives the bar the perfect opportunity to stay operational while observing social distancing measures between customer and staff.
“We thought it would be ideal for reopening in phase one,” he said in an interview.
“As the aim is to avoid contact between customers and items (in the bar), we realized the robot would be good using (disposable) plastic cups to serve beer, so it’s all very self-service.”
Nevertheless, the bar is still struggling to recover even after the lockdown eases, with only 12 customers allowed at one time on the outdoor terrace.
Meanwhile, customers are still preferring interactions between the customer and the staff behind the bar, providing them not only tasty drinks but good company as well.