Red Robin's new spinoff concept,Red Robin's Burger Works
, is a smaller, less-dramatic-and-more-metallic version of the original, meant for smaller urban spaces. It has less hustle and bustle than the original stores, and also much less less square footage.
But the Greenwood Village-based company did put a handful of its most successful burgers on the menu and, as noted by Jenn Wohletz, also added something not found in the motherships: the eerie, sci-fi-looking Freestyle Coke machine that can dispense a hundred different beverage combinations -- but could quite possibly also use mind control to enslave humanity.
Jenn Wohletz's Terminator-inspired concerns weren't shared by some readers, though.
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The biggest problem with those Coke machines: Customer traffic tie-ups.
Ever seen one of these in action? Inevitably, there's a line of people either trying to figure out how the thing works, or simply wasting time trying to come up with just the right flavor combination. Meanwhile, everyone else is standing in line muttering invective under their breath to hurry up and let them get their #$^%&@! drink...