GHOST KITCHENS – WHAT ARE THEY, AND WHY ARE THEY SUDDENLY SO RELEVANT?

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You may have heard the term “Ghost Kitchen” floating around the internet in the last few months… It’s not a new term but it has become more relevant than before as “take out” food options have become more and more popular. Ghost Kitchens are defined as a commercial kitchen and food prep facility that prepares food for delivery only. This means, there is no storefront to be found… it doesn’t exist!

Before COVID-19, we may have considered pizza or Chinese food as our top food delivery options. Now, as many restaurants adapt to new and ever-changing dining guidelines, gourmet take-out from your favourite restaurant has become a perfectly normal thing to do!  Many popular restaurants are renting out space in ghost kitchens to keep up with the demands of takeout and to reduce pressure on their standard restaurant kitchens – having the extra cooking facilities means that a restaurant can keep up with higher than normal volume. Often, ghost kitchens are located just outside of city centres, which also means less expensive rent.

In the past year, shipping containers have become a popular option for semi-permanent ghost kitchen locations. Shipping containers work well because they can be moved around easily based on geographical trends and can be situated wherever there is a need and they can be customized and modified depending on the needs of the client.

If you are a restaurant owner, perhaps this may be of interest to you as a way of expanding your current food delivery business. If you are a food truck owner who does not operate throughout the winter in the truck, consider renting your food truck as a commercial kitchen area for a ghost kitchen operation. During these strange times for the restaurant industry, it is important to stay current with ways to grow and expand your business! Have you heard much about Ghost Kitchens? If you have any more questions or comments about this emerging restaurant industry trend, feel free to give us a shout! 1-800-915-4683.

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