[Ed. – Tough times for restaurants, cafes, coffee shops. Part of it is wage and other regulations making narrow profit margins unsustainable. But it’s also the deteriorating social conditions. Some businesses can’t get enough patrons through the front door now due to the homeless camps on the sidewalks and really unsavory sights and smells.]
A Silicon Valley company that used robots to make its pizzas closed this week, and three coffee shops in downtown San Francisco that used robots as baristas also shuttered.
Zume Pizza said it is cutting 172 jobs in Mountain View and eliminating another 80 jobs at its facility in San Francisco. Zume Chief Executive Alex Garden made the announcement in an email to employees Wednesday, the Mercury News in San Jose reported.
The Mountain View startup, which first began delivering pizzas in 2016, said it intends to focus on its food packaging and delivery systems. Garden said former employees will be able to apply for the 100 new positions Zume expects to have in its packaging business.
In San Francisco, Cafe X closed three of its coffee shops in the financial district.