Business owner unveils pizza vending machine that cooks fresh food in just THREE minutes in a bid to keep his restaurant afloat during lockdown
- Bristol’s Sina Kiaei had to close a restaurant for two months in the first lockdown
- He said he had tried to think about ways to adapt businesses to the changing times of the crisis
- Shipped a pizza vending machine from France, and now has it installed
- Machine prepares fresh stone-baked pizzas to customers in three minutes
- It is the first in Great Britain and the second in the United Kingdom, with one operating on the Isle of Man
A business owner has revealed how he installed Britain’s very first pizza vending machine in a bid to keep his business afloat amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Sina Kiaei, from Bristol, said he was trying to think of ways to adapt his restaurant, Pizza Bella, to ‘changing times’ after being forced to shut down his business for two months during the first locking.
Sina told Bristol Live: “ I came across this, it just started in France, and I had this one shipped from France. It has been open since Monday and already everyone loves it.
The vending machine offers a wide range of fresh pizzas, which can be ordered via a touchscreen and prepared in just three minutes.
Sina Kiaei, owner of Pizza Bella, in Bristol, unveiled her pizza vending machine, which is the first of its kind in Britain
The machine, which operates via a touchscreen, moves fresh pizzas from a fridge to an oven to bake them in just three minutes (pictured, satisfied customer Jonathan Davis)
Sina said he was amazed at the success of the vending machine after installing it earlier this week.
Sina came up with the idea while thinking about ways to adapt this activity to the new regulations put in place due to the Covid-19 crisis.
He said: ‘We were closed for two months during the first lockdown and I had a lot of time to think about how to adapt to the changing times. ”
His first idea was to create a drive-thru system, but that wasn’t possible due to his restaurant’s location on a main road.
He explained that the machine had been shipped from France, where the upward trend of pizza vending machines has already proved successful.
Sina said he came up with the idea for the vending machine after his restaurant was forced to close during the first Covid-19 lockdown
Sina was happy that many people seemed to use the machine even after midnight when the restaurant would normally be closed.
Inside the machine is a large refrigerator, where up to 96 fresh pizzas can be stored in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
The machine works with a storage app that shows the team which pizzas are working fast and which to restock.
Sina explained that the restaurant prepares pizzas during the day, before filling the vending machine.
The owner of the business revealed that the vending machine was running 24/7 (pictured, customer Erik Aremyr showing how to order pizza via the touchscreen)
Pizzas are stored in a refrigerator for up to 48 hours before ordering, with an app telling Bella Pizza which pizzas are popular and which meals need to be restocked.
After customers use the touchscreen to order their meal, they must wait three minutes for their pizza to be delivered to them.
He said this helps the team make sure they have vegetarian and vegan options as well as meat dishes.
When a customer makes a selection on the touchscreen, the automated machine cooks the pizza on the ovens, before sliding it into a box and unmolding it.
The two ovens and two slides allow the pizza to work on two pizzas at the same time, reducing wait times for hungry customers.
Sharing the news on Facebook, Pizza Bella posted: ‘Don’t let the lockdown get you down!
“Go out for a walk and try a hot and fresh pizza from our user-friendly pizza vending machine!