OnTrend Concepts

October 14, 2021

Peter Cook, Editor

Final days to sign up for the Florida Ghost Kitchen and Virtual Restaurant Seminar!  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from and speak with leaders in the industry.  The evolution of the restaurant industry is opening up new opportunities for existing brands and new brands as well!  Check out the seminar schedule and list of speakers at : https://ontrendconcepts.com/florida/.


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Issue #64

A look inside the $43 billion ghost kitchen industry

Brands including Wendy’s, Applebee’s and Cracker Barrel are using the delivery-focused concept to reach new customers.

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Delivering the Digital Restaurant: Why the next big brand won’t have four walls

Understanding the potential of virtual restaurant concepts.

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Large Restaurant Operators Lament Payment, Ordering Delays With Non-Digitized Small Suppliers

Processes behind the scenes have remained mostly manual for many restaurants.

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Ghost Kitchens On Cloud Nine

The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for the food delivery business, which has paved way for the rise of cloud kitchens.

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You Need These Skills To Master Real Estate For Ghost Kitchens And Flex-Stay Hotels

But a nascent crop of business concepts offers a growing number of emerging real estate opportunities that are benefiting from a pandemic-era boost.

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Epic Kitchens to Open Second Delivery-Only Location in Chicago

The new multi-brand ghost kitchen will house four fast casual brands all under one roof.

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Del Taco Announces Ghost Kitchen Partnership with REEF

Del Taco Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s second largest Mexican quick service restaurant, today announced a delivery-only partnership with REEF to help expand guest access to the brand.

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TGI Fridays to Open 300 Ghost Kitchens with REEF

Nearly half of the delivery-only outposts will be in international markets.

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Nathan’s Famous enters new agreement to establish virtual kitchens

Foodservice operators with existing kitchens in Canada can add the Nathan’s Famous menu as a virtual concept.

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800 Degrees Moves Forward with Cutting-Edge Growth Model

The chain plans to grow via streetside stores, ghost kitchens, and robotic kiosks.

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JustKitchen Acquires Virtual Branding Rights to Chili House and Ben Teppanyaki Taiwanese Food Brands

These mark the first such arrangements for the New Brands with any ghost kitchen operator.

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“Dark Kitchens” on the rise in Colorado

Wow Bao is the fastest-growing innovative restaurant company that operates in the high-growth Asian fast casual segment.

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How Shaq’s Big Chicken Plans To Win In The Competitive QSR Category

Big Chicken also plans to tap into the fast-growing ghost kitchen space.

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O’Charley’s launches virtual nonprofit restaurant supporting gold star families

The Songwriter’s Café is a limited-time ghost kitchen which helps benefit the Folded Flag Foundation.

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Basketball stars Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem launch two ghost kitchen concepts

Former Miami Heat teammates announce the brands under a joint venture: Forty-Three.

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Tech Roundup Opinion: There Are Too Many Celebrity Virtual Brands

Celeb concepts are starting to feel like spaghetti thrown against a wall.

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All Day Kitchens Raises $65M Series C

The company positions its business as an alternative to the “traditional warehouse ghost kitchen model.”

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New Acosta Report Finds Consumers Dining Out More, Shares Other Dining Behaviors and Restaurant Predictions

Acosta's research provides in-depth insight into consumer dining behaviors and breaks down COVID-19-related challenges currently affecting the foodservice industry.

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BurgerFi to Purchase Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza & Wings for $161.3 Million

The pizza concept has corporate units across Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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Why BurgerFi’s First Acquisition Won’t Be its Last

The burger chain wants to become a "multibrand platform of premium casual restaurant concepts."

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Hawaiian Bros Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise Capital

This initiative is part of the company’s plan to raise capital to fuel continued growth.

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Order This Spicy Sausage and Help Give Back

Dog Haus has the limited-time New Orleans-inspired offering, which is raising money for No Kid Hungry.

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DoorDash Introduces Search-Page Ads for Restaurants

WSJ: Food-delivery apps are making deeper plays in advertising as they battle for revenue.

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Famous Dave's owner buys California steakhouse chain

Tahoe Joe's is the second acquisition BBQ Holdings has made this year.

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Wendy's Just Struck a Deal That Will Drastically Change the Way It Operates

The company has just struck a partnership with Google.

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How Cloud Technology Can Help Enhance the Consumer Experience in a Post-Pandemic World

Operators are looking for ways meet the needs of three core issues facing the foodservice industry: safety, labor, and personalization.

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ReelTime Revenues Increase From Technology License

ReelTime announced that its revenues from its technology license with Munchie Magic has increased as the virtual restaurant continues to expand.

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Mel Trotter Ministries launches virtual kitchen to support its mission

Mel Trotter Ministries began strategizing how the organization could become more self-sustainable and less reliant on charitable gifts.

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Deliveroo Plan Dark Kitchen Operation in Isleworth

England: Local restaurant owners concerned at proposal to convert warehouse.

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UAE-based cloud kitchen kaykroo expands operations into Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: UAE-based cloud kitchen kaykroo has expanded its services to Riyadh.

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How ‘dark kitchens’ are taking over the restaurant scene

South Africa: The restaurant industry has remained in crisis since the onset of the first Covid-19 lockdown.

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Pandemic’s lessons for F&B industry to take away

Malaysia: Some are hanging on to the business model which has served them well during the pandemic – takeaways and deliveries.

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Cloud kitchens are restaurants, ice cream is not food and other important clarifications that will affect GST rates

India: The 45th meeting of the GST council has clarified matters pertaining to the rate of GST applicable on several services.

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Indian cloud kitchen startup Rebel Foods valued at $1.4 billion in $175 million fundraise

India: Rebel Foods, which operates a large network of dark kitchens in nearly a dozen markets, is the latest Indian startup to attain unicorn status.

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