Stratis Morfogen showcases his new concept, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop

The automat format allows contact-free, low-labor access to multicultural menu items

 

Brooklyn Chop House, a New York City restaurant that serves both steakhouse specialties and Chinese favorites, gained a following for its signature dumplings, which wrap diner specialties such as lamb gyros and French onion soup in Chinese dough.

They have proven so popular, in fact, that owner Stratis Morfogen decided to build a quick-service concept around them. But Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, which opens its first location on May 19, has a few other quirks besides multicultural 1-ounce sandwiches, as Morfogen calls them.

The restaurant operates as an automat, where customers enter their orders and pay at a kiosk or, using a QR code, from their own phones, and then pick up their orders from temperature controlled automated windows.

In this video, Morfogen discusses Brooklyn Dumpling Shop and some of its other idiosyncrasies, like the Bitcoin ATM that lets him skirt city regulations requiring him to accept cash, as well as plans for expansion; he says he has already sold more than 100 franchises for the concept.

Contact Bret Thorn at bret.thorn@informa.com 

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