Carl’s Jr. Wants to Try an Automated Fast Food Restaurant Where 'You Never See a Person'

Carl’s Jr CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider that he wants to open a robot restaurant to deal with minimum wage increases

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Could Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s soon operate without actual employees? In an interview with Business Insider, Andy Puzder, the CEO of both fast food chains, hinted that he’d be interested in opening an automated restaurant to offset costs of minimum wage increases.He came up with the idea after visiting Eatsa, an automated restaurant that just opened in Los Angeles.

"I want to try it," CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider. "We could have a restaurant that's focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person."

He claims that with minimum wage increases, it gets more and more difficult to hire enough employees. Puzder has been very outspoken about his opinions on minimum wage in the past:


"This is the problem with Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton, and progressives who push very hard to raise the minimum wage," Puzder said. "Does it really help if Sally makes $3 more an hour if Suzie has no job?"