December 23, 2020

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

With Christmas right around the corner, the ghost kitchen industry has been as busy as ever! Companies are looking to the new year, which means new aspirations are taking effect. This is clear with the new ideas coming from Kitchen Podular and BIB Technologies. Burger King is also jumping on the ghost kitchen train; and there’s a great story about the success the Milwaukee Bucks are having with ghost kitchens as well.

We hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter. From us at OnTrend Concepts to you and your loved ones, have a very Merry Christmas!

Issue #22

Kitchen Podular Teams with Bib Technologies

Kitchen Podular, a Nevada corporation, announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance and advisory agreement with BIB Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation headquartered in Los Angeles.


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You Can Soon Order Burger King Through Google

The burger chain has added Google integration at 5,000 U.S. restaurants as it works to make ordering easier. It also has a unit in a ghost kitchen.


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How an NBA Franchise Pivoted to Operating a Chicken Restaurant During the Pandemic

As it turns out, Cream City Cluckery is a ghost kitchen owned and operated by the Milwaukee Bucks, created in the wake of the pandemic that has kept fans out of Fiserv Forum since March.


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Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Back in Franklin as Delivery-Only Ghost Kitchen

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que is open again in Franklin three years after closing its restaurant near the CoolSprings Galleria. This time, the Minnesota-based chain is operating as a delivery and to-go only "ghost kitchen" inside Granite City Food & Brewery.


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Pollo Campero Opens First Ghost Kitchens in San Francisco and Chicago

Pollo Campero, the differentiated chicken concept from Central America, opened its first two digital kitchens in San Francisco and Chicago in 2020 and looks to open at least 10 additional locations in 2021, beginning with one in Anaheim, California, in January.


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Crave Ghost Kitchen Gets $7.3M, Delivery Companies Pass the Buck

Crave Hospitality Group, a Boise, Idaho-based ghost kitchen provider, has raised $7.3 million in seed funding, the company announced Wednesday.


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YouTuber MrBeast Brings Delivery-Only Burger Chain to Dallas Area

The massively popular YouTuber, aka Jimmy Donaldson, has 48.4 million subscribers and has gained traction for his frenetic flavor of philanthropy. He announced Sunday he is teaming up with Virtual Dining Concepts to launch a delivery-only restaurant brand, MrBeast Burger.


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Muscle Maker Reopens High-Performing NYC Restaurant

Muscle Maker announced the re-opening of one of its recently purchased franchise-owned locations in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.


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Bento Founders Say Host Kitchen, Hall Will Help Make Orlando ‘Food Hub of the Southeast’

The founders of Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi are planning to build a food hall in Orlando after opening a delivery and takeout ghost kitchen, all with the aim of helping other chefs develop new ideas.


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3 Brand New Ghost Kitchens To Try in Philly Right Now

As Philly’s indoor dining ban rages on, more restaurants are hopping on the growing ghost kitchen bandwagon to ramp up online orders for takeout and delivery.


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A Cheesesteak Specialist Shows Grit in Rebounding from a Devastating Fire

Monti’s Cheesesteaks is now a virtual restaurant with plans to rebuild in Lincoln Square.


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talabat’s First Cloud Kitchen Opens in Abu Dhabi

The recently launched cloud kitchen is already housing Dunkin, Din Tai Fung, Wing Stop, Galito’s and Baskin Robbins as well as local favorites like Malak Al Tawook, Firefly Burgers and Freez.


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Ghost Kitchen Success Stories

You may have heard the terms– dark, virtual, cloud and ghost kitchens. In this session, you will learn what it takes to run a successful ghost kitchen or virtual brand and how to deploy these types of models from two operators winning in this sector.


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Why Ghost Kitchens May Not Be All They're Cut Out To Be

Podcast - This week’s RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” features Fransmart CEO Dan Rowe talking about ghost kitchens and franchising.


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Soggy To-Go Food Sucks

Podcast - On this episode of the Takeout, Delivery, and Catering podcast series, hosts TJ Schier and Sam Stanovich sit down with Bill Birgen, the chief technology officer at SAVRPak and the founder and chief executive officer of Soggy Food Sucks, to explore how the restaurant and hospitality industry can improve to-go food quality.


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Ready To Order: Ghost Kitchen Concepts May Save the Restaurant Industry

Podcast - The world is changing’ as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates adoption of food-delivery apps by restaurants and customers.


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Ghost Kitchens on the Rise Amid Restaurant Closures

The coronavirus epidemic has been a fatal blow for many restaurants around the country, with more than 110,000 closing long term or permanently. This has boosted the popularity of ghost kitchens, or spaces to prepare food without worrying about a physical dining space.


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7 Cloud Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Companies You Should Know

7 food-service companies on the forefront of virtual, cloud, and ghost kitchen technology.


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