January 20, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

Flipdish surpasses $1 billion in value, Combo Kitchen listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, Kitopi tops Middle East startup investment, and innovators continue to look for avenues for industry improvement.

Looking forward to the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference on June 9-10, 2022 in Dallas.  Should be a great event.  Click here for information on registrations and sponsorships.

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Issue #76

Flipdish Raises Approx. $100M; Valued at $1.25 Billion

Flipdish has raised a new round of $100m in funding, a move that means it is now valued at $1.25bn.


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Ghost Brand Combo Kitchen Receives High Franchise Honor

Combo Kitchen named to Entrepreneur’s 2022 Franchise 500 list and also named #1 in the Ghost Kitchen category.


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Why Kitchen United's CEO is following a drastically different playbook

Kitchen United plans to supercharge its growth by opening up locations inside malls and supermarkets.


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The ‘anti-ghost kitchen’ that’s connecting people with virtual restaurants

How Kristen Barnett is making Hungry House the chef destination for virtual brands.


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How Reef Technology is changing the restaurant business and regulations

The Miami company has attracted big investors and is reshaping the restaurant industry.


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Restaurant Business Tech Roundup

Weekly technology roundup from Restaurant Business


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Nation's Restaurant News Tech Update

Third-party delivery services are starting to expand their repertoire beyond local restaurants.


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NFTs could be the ticket to your next great meal

These are non-fungible tokens, a unique digital file that's stored on a blockchain network.


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Muscle Maker’s Pokemoto Division Grows Mississippi Market

Pokemoto today announced it has signed two additional franchise agreements in the Mississippi market.


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Kitchen Labs Raises Capital to Fund First Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Food Hall in Miami

Kitchen Labs' Miami facility is expected to open in the first half of 2022.


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Lunchbox CEO Nabeel Alamgir wants to take restaurant branding out of the digital dark ages

Alamgir believes that the restaurant industry’s virtual presence has only just begun.


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Technomic: Foodservice recovery hinges on location, off-premises models

City centers are no longer appealing to many foodservice operators.


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PIXY Stock Alert: 7 Things to Know as ShiftPixy Rockets Higher

The company recently announced that it would be taking steps to enter the metaverse.


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Friendly's eyes fast-casual model for the chain's reinvention

The new Friendly’s Café in Massachusetts might serve as a template for Friendly’s growth.


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Denny’s goes virtual

Denny’s agreed to a partnership with the virtual restaurant and logistics operator Reef.


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Plans filed for Phipps Plaza (Atlanta) food hall

C3 opened its first two food halls last fall in New York and Miami.


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How delivery apps created 'the Netflix of food ordering'

Woodspoon was launched at the start of 2020 to link home cooks to customers.


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Opinion: Ghost Kitchens lack transparency

Ghost kitchens are virtual restaurants created on app platforms.


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How a franchisee is resurrecting this burger icon

Fuddruckers will open in some ghost-kitchen locations in Texas.


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Forbes Middle East's top 50 most-funded startups

MENA: A.E-based cloud-kitchen operator Kitopi tops the list with $804 million in total funding.


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Dubai cloud kitchen Kitopi launches in Bahrain and Qatar.

Dubai: Dubai-founded cloud kitchen Kitopi is forging ahead with its expansion.


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Cloud kitchens rustle up success

India: The new type of kitchens, which rely on online delivery orders.


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Nando’s Launches Its Cloud Kitchen In Bengaluru

India: Nando set to expand its delivery business with its first cloud kitchen in India.


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Why cloud kitchens need to scale up smart, not fast

India: Technology, customer experience, and a streamlined supply chain are the key differentiations.


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Restrictions leave a bad taste in the mouth

India: Restaurants’ association helpless as another COVID-19 wave in Delhi hurts industry.


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Indian startups saw over 250 acquisitions in 2021

India: The Indian startup ecosystem had more than 250 startups get acquired during 2021.


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