Imagine the scene. You are sitting in your favourite burger joint when from above, as if from the sky, your hamburgers are delivered at 87 mph.
Just in case Hagley Park (established in 1855), the 30-hectares of grounds at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and New Brighton Pier are not memorable enough during your visit to the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Sam Crofskey, C1 Espresso’s owner, wants to make sure your visit to his establishment will be.
We want to be really memorable,” Crofskey told New Zealand’s The Press. “This is a world first.”
Burgers will arrive at tables in a stainless steel tube via the pneumatic tube food delivery system. The system is similar to the air pressure one you might remember from drive-through bank tellers. Crofskey saw the idea on the cartoon Futurama and then trialed it to send orders to the kitchen. Now the system has been upgraded to handle the heavier load. Each tube can carry three small hamburgers (also known as sliders) and a small portion of fries.
And in case you were worried about the motorway-like speeds, a custom air-brake system slows your food down before it reaches your table.