Ghost Kitchens

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Ghost Kitchens, sometimes called virtual restaurants, dark kitchens, or cloud kitchens, are food facilities without dining areas. The operation is set up exclusively for carryout or delivery, and the concept has seen incredible growth. The United States is estimated to have 1,500 ghost kitchens and many brands are setting up shop now as a virtual kitchen. The startup costs are low and carry a high-profit margin. 

Previous ghost kitchen articles

Local Kitchens eyes expansion with $25M raise

Local Kitchens eyes expansion with $25M raise

Local Kitchens, founded by three former DoorDash employees, has raised $25 million in seed funding. General Catalyst led the round but it also included previous investors Human Capital and Pear VC and new investors Fifth Wall and Penny Jar Capital. The company has...

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Jack in the Box teams up with singer for virtual brand

Jack in the Box teams up with singer for virtual brand

Joining the trend of linking large restaurant chains and entertainers, Jack in the Box has launched a virtual brand with singer Jason Derulo. For a limited time, customers can order from the One in a Milli Virtual Restaurant in Los Angeles. Meals are being delivered...

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All Day Kitchens raises $20M

All Day Kitchens raises $20M

Kitchen technology company All Day Kitchens has raised $20 million during a funding round. Founders Fund led the round but also included Khosla Ventures, Doordash CEO Tony Xu, Opendoor CEO Eric Wu, Andreessen Horowitz and Base10.  The company has now raised a total of...

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Pepsi launches virtual brand with delivery

Pepsi launches virtual brand with delivery

Pepsi has jumped into the food delivery business with the motto "where the cola comes first." The company has started Pep's Place, a food delivery service with cheeseburgers, buffalo wings, chicken and pork sandwiches, ribs, salads and of course cola. According to...

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Wow Bao grows into national brand

Wow Bao grows into national brand

Geoff Alexander knocked on the backdoor of his local grocery store five years ago and inquired about selling Wow Bao’s steamed buns. “Initially, it was to grow our brand,” he said. “Then, it became a business for us.” Alexander has been president and CEO of Wow Bao...

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Nathan’s Famous embraces ghost kitchens

Nathan’s Famous embraces ghost kitchens

Nathan’s Famous has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands to offer the chain's hotdogs, wings and other items as a virtual brand. The goal is to have 100 locations in Canada and the United States by the end of 2020. Many of these operations will be inside Walmart stores...

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David Chang launches virtual brand in Texas

David Chang launches virtual brand in Texas

Celebrity Chef David Chang has launched a virtual brand in Texas but according to social media accounts the venture underestimated demand. Fuku sells chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers and waffle fries. The venture opened in Dallas and made a second push into the...

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Walmart opens ghost kitchens in Canada

Walmart opens ghost kitchens in Canada

Walmart has entered the ghost kitchen market frenzy. The company has partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands in Canada on several ghost kitchen projects. The first one, located in the Walmart in  St. Catharines, has already opened and additional locations are planned in...

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Red Robin joins major chains in ghost kitchen tests

Red Robin joins major chains in ghost kitchen tests

Red Robin joins other major restaurant brands that are testing the ghost kitchen concept. The company has established three virtual brands that focus on chicken and salads. The Wing Dept serves a variety of wings and sides. Fresh Set offers salads, wraps and...

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