California Fish Grill Dives into Digitization, Partners with kea for a Seamless Voice AI Ordering Experience

California Fish Grill is leveraging keas voice ordering system across all 55 restaurants

Mountain View, CA, USA – WEBWIRE

kea, the cashier in the cloud empowering restaurants with revenue-boosting voice ordering, today initiated its partnership with California Fish Grill. The collaboration focuses on upgrading the restaurant chains traditional phone ordering systems to keas human-centered conversational AI. The goal is to streamline California Fish Grills operations, freeing restaurant staff to focus on the customer experience inside the restaurant.

We believe in creating a supportive and collaborative environment for our employees at California Fish Grill, said Patrick Waiyawaytar, Vice President of Information Technology. We are working to reduce stress for our valued front-of-house team, especially when dealing with phone orders. Keas AI technology allows us to streamline processes, easing the workload for our cashier team and ultimately enhancing the overall customer experience.

A cornerstone of keas human-centered approach is its innovative the human in the loop feature. Rather than using only AI, which often has a low call completion rate, keas system integrates live agents that monitor the order, increasing order accuracy, call completion and customer satisfaction. If the customer ever needs to speak to someone in real time, agents can jump in, or if the call drops, the agent will call the customer back.

California Fish Grill has integrated kea into all 55 locations first, and kea handles the majority of the restaurant chains call volume. So far, California Fish Grill has seen a boost in average ticket size due to keas upselling feature. Keas natural language processing understands the difference between menu items so it can suggest what to add to a customers order and is guaranteed to identify intelligent selling opportunities on 100% of calls.

Our mission is to empower local restaurant chains to thrive, said Adam Ahmad, CEO and Founder of kea. With kea, California Fish Grill can continue to focus on what they do best, serving high-quality, sustainably sourced seafood, and we can focus on handling their to-go orders for them. Its a win-win.

Restaurants interested in trying AI to enable hospitality and scale through digitization can book a demo at

About kea

kea is on a mission to empower local restaurant chains by enhancing customer service, streamlining operations, and boosting revenue through human-centered conversational AI. CEO Adam Ahmad founded the cashier in the cloud in 2018, and has since digitized phone ordering for 10 enterprise-level restaurant chains. Kea uses natural language processing to customize, upsell, confirm orders, and process payment through a PCI-compliant system, and features a human in the loop to ensure a smooth ordering process. The company has served over 1,000,000 guests and has raised $29.6M from VCs including Marbruck, Xfund, Streamlined Ventures, Deepcore, Heartland Ventures, and Morningside Ventures.

About California Fish Grill

With more than 50 locations in the West and counting, California Fish Grill is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The fast casual restaurant is the perfect destination for seafood lovers who appreciate great taste, value and a welcoming environment. Offering an array of sustainably sourced seafood varieties including Atlantic Salmon, Branzino, wild-caught Mahi Mahi, and classics like Fish and Chips, California Fish Grill prepares each dish to order using fresh ingredients and a wide variety of flavorful sauces. California Fish Grill invites guests to join the brand on an inspiring journey towards sustainable seafood practice, knowing that your choice supports positive change in the seafood industry.

For more information about California Fish Grill, please visit our website and social media channels.


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Salt Lake Pub & Grill Sets Open House

 Lisa Forman has been serving her brand of American and Mexican food with a healthy dose of love at her Legendʼs Pub & Grill for 14 years. On June 17, she and her business partner, Angie Pawlik, plan to host an open house at both the Sandy and Salt Lake locations.

The Sandy facility, situated at 10631S. Holiday Park Dr., opened in 2019,while, the Salt Lake restaurant, at 677 S 200 West, opened its doors in June 2009.

“We want to give back to the community and customers during our anniversary month,” Forman said.

Forman not only plans to showcase her restaurant but has also invited several local businesses to attend and provide gifts and prizes for raffles. The proceeds will benefit two animal rescue organizations, Dog Rescue and Great Pyrenees Rescue Resources.

“It’s a fund-raising event,” she explained.

The raffle will begin at 1:30p.m.,and participants must be present to win. In addition to the raffle, Forman is organizing other activities, including face painting and games.
“I just want to have fun,” she expressed.

Forman has extended invitations to local dignitaries, including Sandy Mayor Monica Zoltanski, and is creating a special mayoral burger in her honor. The restaurant will also offer a local draft beer for $3.

Additionally, she plans to offer a free breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon for first responders such as police officers, firefighters, and military veterans. She reached out to city officials to invite the first responders while also spreading the word through flyers.

Starting and growing her business has been a journey, and Forman acknowledges the help she received from her mentors.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help from others,” Forman acknowledged. She credits her husband, David, as a mentor and business partner. “(He) has been there by my side from day one to build my business.”

Once a single mom, she believes in assisting other single moms who have the will but lack the finances to own their own restaurants. For example, she is seller-financing Pawlik’s venture into owning the Salt Lake Legend’s and plans to expand in a similar fashion with a restaurant in the west Salt Lake Valley area. Like Forman, Pawlik was a single mother.

“I’m helping them get started. It’s like a franchise, but it’s not. I’m empowering women,” Forman said.

In addition to helping women, Forman also assists young men through her taco business, Bent Corn Taco Co. That includes her son, Brooks Mandryk and Jose Sanchez.

“They have the love and dedication to carry on the legacy Iʼve worked very
hard to build for our communities and our families,” she said. “The opportunities through both Legendʼs and BCTC look great.”

The taco business currently operates as a delivery service out of her Legend’s restaurants until she finds a suitable building.

Forman stumbled into the restaurant business “as a fluke” after a career in corporate sales. She wanted to do something different and help others, particularly young single moms.

“It’s all about relationships,” the restauranteur emphasized.

Her team prepares food daily from scratch “with no preservatives.” She recently introduced pink Himalayan salt on every table. Himalayan salt is believed to be healthier then the more common table salt, because it contains more trace minerals.
Although the restaurant offers alcoholic drinks, Forman doesn’t want to be known solely as a bar. Nonetheless, Legend’s has been named Utah’s Best Sports Bar twice and has been nominated for the honor five times.

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My Doner Grill Spreads the Love for the Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern Cuisine Through Its Authentic Dishes in San Diego

 Globalization has allowed dishes like hummus, falafel, and kebabs to be recognized and enjoyed globally as people begin to open restaurants in different parts of the world. My Doner Grill spreads the joy of experiencing authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food through their restaurant in downtown San Diego.

My Doner Grill is a Middle Eastern restaurant located in downtown San Diego that is introducing the local population to authentic Mediterranean food. All their recipes are family-based, consisting of true middle eastern flavors that are carefully curated with love.

The restaurant owner shared: “With so many people claiming to be serving Middle-Eastern food, people haven’t really had the chance to taste authentic food. But our restaurant helps true foodies explore the true taste of Middle-Eastern flavors thanks to your little restaurant.”

The chefs at My Doner Grill take a trip to the farmers market every early morning to fetch the freshest produce for their customers. From vegetables to meat, each item is hand-picked by the chef’s team and thoroughly washed before being used for food prep. Almost every dish is served with special home sauces to add an oomph to the overall food experience.

My Doner Grill offers a vast array of dishes on their menu, including doners, salads, and their most loved signature platters. They are most famous for their finger-licking hummus, French fries, and falafel. Each of these items is served with a side of their home sauces that pairs perfectly with each dish.

About My Doner Grill

My Doner Grill is a restaurant based in San Diego Downtown that serves authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. They offer customers a wide array of dishes to choose from juicy meats, fresh and crisp vegetables, and an assortment of their special sauces. For further information, feel free to visit their website.

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Number: (619) 228-9997

Address: 823 5th Avenue, 92101 San Diego, CA

Doner Grill

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