Video: Chennai-based food startup launches India’s first unmanned takeaway

BKV’s Biryani price ranges from Rs.220 to Rs.449.

In a first of its kind in India, a Chennai-based startup has created a unique unmanned takeaway ordering experience center in Kolathur. The company, Bai Veetu Kalyanam or BVK Biryani, serves authentic premium wedding-style biryani prepared using coal and firewood. Its pop shop in Chennai is equipped with a 32-inch screen where customers can browse their menu, place orders and pay by scanning a QR code or using a card, all in just a jiffy.

A video going viral on social media shows a customer placing his order at a takeaway service. It depicts a man browsing through a digital menu, placing his order and paying. Once their order was ready, they were seen tapping on the “open door” option on the touch screen and collecting the food box.

Watch the video below:

There was no wait at the takeaway station and no one to talk and explain orders. “I received my order within four minutes,” the food blogger said on Instagram.

According to ANIBKV Biryani launched in 2020. Website,

Their menu also includes mutton paya, idiyappam and a range of other dishes including parotta and halwa. BKV’s Biryani price ranges from Rs.220 to Rs.449.

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The company now promises 60-minute delivery across Chennai. According to its founder and CEO Faheem S, the startup plans to launch 12 such centers in Chennai and later expand its operations across India.

Meanwhile, other startups are also experimenting with automated food service. Last year, Freshup Robotics, a Bengaluru-based startup, unveiled an automatic idli-making machine. They introduced their FoodBot as the first fully automated cooking and vending service. He also announced his plan to install more ATMs including Dosabots, Ricebots and Juicebots.

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