December 23, 2021

Matt Cook, Publisher

VDC’s newest virtual brand TikTok Kitchen dominates the news this past week, as it looks to make viral TikTok creative recipes readily available for customers.

The year 2022 will soon be here!  Registrations and sponsorships are available for the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference on June 9-10, 2022 in Dallas.

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And now, the news…

Issue #73

The Hottest New (Ghost) Restaurant Is TikTok

TikTok Kitchen will bring the internet’s most viral recipes to your door.


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Orlando-based ghost kitchen franchiser, TikTok team up to serve viral recipes

Menu will be based on recipes that go viral on social media platform, company said.


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How to fix ghost kitchens’ growing pains

Mobile kitchen pods are currently plagued with operational, food safety and health challenges.


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No Need To Fear The Ghost Kitchens Of Christmas Future

The good news is that there are many more options today than there were even 5 years ago.


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Food Lockers Can Help Drive Ghost Kitchen Efficiency

Pickup technology gives restaurants the convenience and insights they need to streamline operations.


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What's Next in Restaurant Technology

Robots, ghost kitchens, consolidation and the metaverse are the four developments we’ll be keeping a close eye on in 2022.


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The Year in Restaurant Design Trends

The pandemic pushed operators to unveil a flurry of new prototypes in 2021.


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To Survive and Grow in 2021, Restaurants Put Tech Innovation and Culture on the Menu

The coronavirus pandemic upended the restaurant industry as we know it.


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Ghost kitchen offers fresh opportunities for veteran restaurateurs

The business changed dramatically at the height of the pandemic.


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Pandemic-born virtual kitchen spawns physical restaurant

They discovered early that so-called ghost kitchens were the answer.


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Lyft enters the restaurant space with Olo partnership

Olo is now partnering with Lyft to help handle digital orders for its network.


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The Restaurant Heroes announces strategic partnership with Nextbite/Ordermark

The partnership provides solutions in developing and operating virtual brands for restaurants throughout the country.


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Woo Woo Burgers ghost kitchen to host pop-up event to celebrate launch in Scottsdale

The first 200 people to attend will get a free sandwich, drink and side.


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Red Robin worker reveals their restaurant makes MrBeast Burger orders in viral TikTok

Commenters were quick to point out that the restaurant is fairly upfront about how it functions.


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Small Businesses Ideas for 2022

It is no secret that coming up with a viable business idea is difficult.


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BurgerFi Redefines the Fast-Casual Dining Experience with Industry-Leading Innovation and Creativity

BurgerFi is testing and expanding five new technologies and creative strategies to stay ahead.


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The Space Shuttle (Café) touches down in Metro East

The DC-3–turned–food truck provides mobile meal options in Metro East.


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Diners can't enter this new Chipolte location

Chipotlane Digital Kitchen will have an order-ahead drive-thru and walk-up window but no indoor access for customers.


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Deliveroo opens giant new ‘dark kitchens’ in three London areas

United Kingdom: Deliveroo has opened giant new "dark kitchen" sites in three London areas.


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Three dark kitchen concepts set for Dubai launch in Q1

Dubai: Restaurant Secrets Inc., will launch three new dark kitchen concepts in Dubai during the first quarter of 2022.


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Ghost Kitchens launches its Fulfillment Partner program in Delhi NCR and Gujarat

India: It will let small restaurant and cloud kitchen owners make the most of their underutilized real estate and labour.


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BOSS Burger launches an all-new menu to kick off the holiday season

India: Boss Burger amps up the cheer this holiday season with lip-smacking new additions to their menu.


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Cloud kitchens, home bakers make Christmas celebrations much sweeter

India: Cloud kitchen have added a completely new range to celebrate festivities.


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