Restaurant installs pizza vending machine to serve hungry customers 24/7

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A pizza vending machine claimed to be the first in Britain has opened at a restaurant in Bristol – serving freshly cooked pizza in just three minutes to customers waiting on the pavement outside.

Sina Kiaei, owner of Pizza Bella in Bedminster, came up with the genius idea in a bid to keep serving during coronavirus lockdown, Bristol Live reports.

The restaurant has installed a touchscreen with a menu of stone-baked pizzas to choose from and customers simply pay by card before a fresh boxed-up pizza appears – any time of the day or night.

Staff partly prepare the pizzas and load them into the machine, which can keep up to 96 refrigerated until a customer selects one using the screen outside.

It takes just three minutes to deliver a fresh pizza
(Image: Bristol Live)

Owner Sina Kiaei says the new service has already proved popular
(Image: BristolLive/BPM)

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Once it has been ordered, the pizza is automatically transferred to one of two stone-baked pizza ovens before placing it back in the box and delivering it through the letter box for the customer.

The machine is capable of cooking two pizzas at a time and allows Pizza Bella to become a round-the-clock operation.

Sina said: "We were shut for two months in the first lockdown and I had a lot of time to think about how to adapt to the changing times.

"I was just going through thinking about how to somehow become a drive-thru, but that's not possible – we're on a main road.

"So I came across this, it’s just started out in France, and I had this one shipped over from France.

"It’s been open since Monday and already everyone is loving it. It’s great to see that people are using the machine after midnight – that’s long after we've closed for the night."

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