Tech and media entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg is bringing her kid-focused tech-enabled restaurant pop-up to Atlanta. Launched last year with a beta concept in Chattanooga, TN, Sue’s Tech Kitchen will be in the city from September 16-18.
The pop-up is intended to inspire children to learn more about technology and become interested in STEM careers, a topic Zuckerberg is passionate about.
“My hope is that these moments of learning and fun, education and sharing — the intersection of growth and enjoyment — sticks with these kids, encouraging them to seek out other STEM experiences,” Zuckerberg told Hype in a 2017 interview following the first pop-up. “It’s quite possible that one of the many children who visited Sue’s could one day find a cure for cancer or colonize the moon. It’s important that kids get exposed to the possibilities first.”
Different stations around the NASA scientist-designed restaurant feature 3D-printed desserts, coding with candy, liquid nitrogen drones and robotic food servers and more.
“We are so excited to continue our Sue’s Tech Kitchen national tour in these soon-to-be major tech markets,” said Zuckerberg in a statement. “Making sure kids and families have access to the tools they need to explore STEM education has always been a driving force for us, and as we continue our stops, we’re developing more interactive stations that are exciting our guests and teaching them critical skills at the same time.”
The five stops on this tour are all in what Zuckerberg identifies as “up-and-coming tech hubs”: Cedar Park, TX; Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Glen Allen, VA; Tacoma, WA; Atlanta, GA; and Schaumburg, IL. Though Zuckerberg lives in New York, she echoes a belief in the importance of smaller cities to driving innovation.
“Major coastal cities are becoming too expensive for individuals to afford, much less startups, which makes smaller cities much more desirable,” Zuckerberg told Hype.
“Plus, smaller cities are paving the way for entrepreneurs.”
Sue’s Tech Kitchen Atlanta experience will be hosted at Emory Point in Druid Hills. Learn more and make reservations here.
Photos provided by Sue’s Tech Kitchen