February 10, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

The agenda has been announced for the 2nd Annual Ghost Kitchen & Virtual Restaurant Conference in Dallas!  In other news, Kitchen United expands into malls, drones deliveries launch in Australia, and kitchens go fully automated.

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And now, the news…

Issue #79

World First as Google Drones Deliver KFC in Queensland

Australia: Google’s AI-powered devices are quicker and cheaper than cars and bikes.


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Simon Launches Ghost Kitchen Venture With In-Mall Delivery

Kitchen United and Simon will offer food delivery to mall shoppers.


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How the Bar is Helping Bring Customers Back to Fast Casual

As the pandemic altered consumer behavior, more restaurants began offering alcohol to-go.


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Baristas Coffee partners with DoorDash to offer alcohol home delivery

MiniBar Magic announced that its Virtual Liquor store MiniBar Magic has begun delivering.


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First Automated Pizza Hut Now Open in Israel

Israel: Pizza Hut Israel is drawing big crowds and feeding them with an almost fully automated restaurant.


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The First to Bring the Picnic Automated Pizza Station to a College Campus

 Chartwells gets to bring Texas A&M students a truly unique dining experience.


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Lunchbox auctions off the first NFT restaurant to Bareburger

Lunchbox announced on Tuesday the auction of what the company claims is the first-ever NFT restaurant.


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McDonald's Files Trademark For Metaverse-Based 'Virtual Restaurant'

McDonald’s files trademark application for virtual virtual restaurants and cafes.


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The evolution of value in the metaverse

For advertisers it will change how we interact with businesses and brands.


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7-Eleven to Offer Free Large Pizzas on Super Bowl Sunday

On Sunday, February 13, customers are being rewarded with pizza for free when they order through the 7NOW delivery app.


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Just Wing It! Big Game Day Chicken Wings Promo

Just Wing It! delivery-only restaurants will offer $8 off $30 orders for the month of February exclusively on DoorDash.


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Restaurant Business Tech Roundup

Consumers throw some cold water on the online-only model.


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Arby's Parent Powers Growth of Emerging Taco Brand

Rusty Taco's president believes the chain could open 40–50 units annually.


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ShiftPixy Is Giving Itself Many Ways to Win by Diversifying Its Business

ShiftPixy appears to be a high-potential investment opportunity that’s largely unappreciated on Wall Street.


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Guy Fieri is betting on ghost kitchens sticking around. Here's why.

Fieri says that ghost kitchens will remain part of the industry even as the pandemic winds down.


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Ghost Kitchens Part of Growth Push for Orange Leaf, Red Mango

Brix is in “detailed discussions” with three of the larger players in the ghost kitchen network.


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Wingstop Debuts Prototype Eatery Dubbed 'Restaurant Of The Future'

The prototype environment is designed to highlight the company’s focus on retail technology and sustainability.


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C3 takes over in-room dining at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa

Hotel foodservice has proven an attractive area for diversification.


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Oxtail Noodle House Plans Oak Creek Ghost Kitchen Debut

Wisconsin ghost kitchen bringing Vietnamese cuisine to the Oak Creek area.


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Sweetfin Opens Ghost Kitchen in Lawndale, California

When Sweetfin opens, guests can savor all the familiar flavors of sushi in an easy-to-eat, portable, customizable bowl.


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Leslie Announces Partnership With Leading DC Area Ghost Kitchen Operator, Virtual X Kitchen

On-table, QR code-based ordering system Leslie announced a partnership with Virtual X Kitchen.


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Tacos a Go Go unwraps its most 'experimental' location in Houston

Previously a brick and mortar on Kirby Drive, the to-go and delivery concept now operates as a ghost kitchen.


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Golden soon forbidding sugary drinks packed in restaurant kids meals

The City of Golden will be the latest to forbid sugary drinks as a default beverage in children’s meals.


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Pasta Luna remains one of Evanston’s last ghost kitchens

Prairie Moon found success in operating takeout-only while dine-in was closed in Illinois.


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SZN sets up shop at Kenmore Kitchens

Kenmore Kitchens is bursting with flavor with Buffalo’s first large scale ghost kitchen set up.


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Inspire Brands acquires 31 Dunkin’ units in Ohio

For the first time since 2016, franchisor Dunkin’ has become a unit operator again.


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CAVA is Emerging from COVID a Fast-Casual Powerhouse

The growing Mediterranean chain has never been more connected to guests.


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New ghost kitchen to fund employment-focused nonprofit

The proceeds will come back to help the staff who made this new endeavor possible.


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Burger Dandy makes transition to bricks and mortar with confidence

Using delivery service, Burger Dandy built up a loyal following.


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Kitchens@ Partners with ITC Foods

India: The partnership mark's ITC's debut into the food service online space.


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JustKitchen Signs with Global Dark Kitchen Operator for up to 20 APAC Locations

Singapore: JustKitchen expects its first six licenses to be exercised for locations in Singapore.


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