February 3, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

Lunchbox announces $50 million in funding and the Metaverse becomes a hot topic in this week’s news!

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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And now, the news…

Issue #78

Lunchbox Raises $50M Series B Funding to Shake up the Restaurant Industry

The new funds will accelerate product research and development to meet increased demand.


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The dawn of the metaverse has me excited about e-commerce

From treasure hunts to virtual worlds, the E-Commerce Jury President weighs in on innovation in shopping online.


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How can the Metaverse help the food industry?

The crypto world has always seemed to embrace food-related fads.


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The future of to-go dining: Ghost kitchens and virtual brands

Restaurant operators have felt some of the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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AI in Restaurants? The Possibilities are Limitless

The global AI market as a whole is expected to grow to a value of $190.61 billion by 2025.


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8 Restaurant Chains That Are Currently Shrinking

COVID-19 isn't done with the restaurant industry yet.


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Veg proteins make food market sizzle

The no-cholesterol factor seems to be among the main reasons for the increasing popularity of mock meats.


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Cloud Kitchen Market is expected to grow at a 12.0% of CAGR by 2027

According to a new report published by Allied Market Research.


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2022 international food trends: Where to get a taste in Asheville

Consultants anticipate the continued rise of the ghost kitchen concept.


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UBER: Reasons to Hold through Volatility

Innovation drives growth and is fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


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Chicken Head’s to open ghost kitchen ahead of grand reopening

Owner feels the space is an intermittent step for the restaurant ahead of its grand reopening.


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West Dallas chef hoping for his own 'ghost kitchen' success story

He's hoping a dining public, mostly online, will find his creations delicious, too.


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Sora expands to open as seasonal pop-up in Flats East Bank

The upscale sushi ghost kitchen that has morphed into a seasonal pop-up restaurant.


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Mad for Chicken opens in Columbus Food Hall

Mad for Chicken, a New York-based concept, has opened in Columbus.


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Shug’s After Hours Has Bagel Burgers and $400 Bottles of Bubbly for Late-Night Cravings

About a year and a half ago, Shug’s Bagels introduced Dallas to what great bagels can and should be.


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Muscle Maker's Pokemoto Division Expands into Florida Market

Pokemoto has now signed 30 new franchise agreements since acquisition.


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Uptown’s New Chilean Bakery Fills an Empanada Void in Chicago

Fans of the ghost kitchen operation will recognize a number of items on the cafe’s menu.


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Hip hop-themed grilled cheese restaurant Melt 502 opens in Fern Creek

The founders started Melt 502 in 2020 first as a ghost kitchen and a food truck.


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Shorties Grille moving to Phillips 66 Research Center

Local fixture closed its brick-and-mortar location to transition to a contracted food provider.


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WOWorks Introduces 12 LTOs across its Network of Brands

WOWorks is introducing 12 new limited-time-only menu items across all its restaurant brands.


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Limited Partnership to Receive 6% Royalty Payment from Renegade Chicken

SIR has agreed to pay an amount equal to 6% of the revenue related to these trial Renegade Chicken operations.


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Burger Dandy, once virtual only, now open in downtown Franklin

Burger Dandy is now open for dine-in, delivery and pickup after its immediate positive reception operating as a virtual “ghost kitchen”.


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Papa Corazón’s Quesadillas Delivery-Only Menu Launches in Oxford

The Oxford location is a “ghost kitchen” and the quesadillas are available only via delivery.


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Urban Beans moves to cloud kitchen in Melrose

The local vegan café is moving on from its traditional physical coffee shop model to a cloud kitchen restaurant hub.


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Cordia Announces Crypto Food Hall NFT Collection

The Crypto Food Hall is a collection of chefs, menu items, and locations inside a metaverse food experience.


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Abu Dhabi’s Chimera Capital concludes second close of VC fund at $10bn

Dubai: Major funding rounds in the first half included $415 million for Dubai’s cloud kitchen company Kitopi.


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Applebee's, IHOP Head to the UAE Amind Renewed Development Push

UAE: Dine Brands is staking a claim in the United Arab Emirates starting later this year.


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Cloud Kitchen Brands Aggregator Curefoods Merges With Swiggy-Backed Maverix

India: Curefoods will become the second largest cloud kitchen in the country in terms of footprint.


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Swati Snacks reveals its ingredients for success

India: The humble quick-service restaurant Swati Snacks in Mumbai recently began trending on Indian Twitter.


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New cloud kitchen opens in TTDI

Malaysia: The new space enjoys the highest occupancy among cloud kitchens in the Klang Valley.


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What’s A Restaurant With No Shopfront? Cloud Kitchens Make It A Reality

Malaysia: Cloud kitchens are basically a kitchen space without the rest of the restaurant attached.


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