New research from Deloitte suggests that many diners are open to eating in restaurants that use labor-saving devices or other technological automation – with 58 percent of consumers aged 18-38 saying they’d return to restaurants that use automation, compared to 42 percent of customers over the age of 39. Keep in mind that automation need not mean bringing in robotic cooks or servers, or even making eye-watering financial investments. Restaurants are approaching automation in a wide range of ways – in the back and front of house, both food-facing and not. A recent podcast from The Spoon shared the story of how pizza restaurant owner Andrew Simmons began adopting automation in a piecemeal way to sustain his brand when the pandemic hit – and how he now plans to launch a 100-unit restaurant chain built using off-the-shelf restaurant technology. Consider what your guests value most about your brand – and how automating even small tasks might help you elevate what you do best and minimize the things that can stand in your way.