The fast-casual restaurant UFood Grill opened Monday at Metro Centre at Owings Mills.
The eatery at 10309 Grand Central Ave. serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu items including paninis, burgers, wraps, bowls and salads. None of UFood Grill's menu items exceed 700 calories, and the restaurant does not serve any fried food.
The Burlington, Mass.-based chain has 18 locations nationwide; the Owings Mills location is the first in Maryland.
The 2,000-square-foot restaurant, owned by franchisees Stephen and Lana Goldberg, seats 42 guests.
The restaurant allows guests to order at a traditional counter or through a self-serve kiosk. At the kiosk, guests have the option to have their picture taken and stored so that facial recognition software can recognize them during future visits and pull up their past orders. Alternatively, guests can enter a phone number to be associated with their account and past orders.
Customers can also order at the kiosk without entering a phone number or having their picture taken.
Walter Pomerleau, UFood Grill's vice president of real estate and construction, said the facial recognition option allows guests to place an order in less than 10 seconds. The technology was developed by Nextep Systems, and the Owings Mills restaurant is the first UFood Grill to use the technology.
Pomerleau said it's designed to make ordering efficient for regular customers because it saves their previous orders.
"A lot of people come into counter-service [restaurants] and tend to order the same thing," he said.
UFood Grill will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. A grand opening is planned for April.