March 10, 2022

Matt Cook, Publisher

As the dust settles from the pandemic, restauranteurs face new challenges with inflation driving up food costs and rising gas prices making delivery more expensive.  But as the industry takes new punches, the innovators are working hard to figure out how to make it work.

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Issue #83

Restaurant Business Tech Roundup: Why Food Delivery Is Getting Even More Expensive

Restaurants are hiking prices on delivery apps by up to 25%.


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How to Start a Successful Ghost Kitchen: 8 Expert Tips

Both sectors can benefit from following market trends.


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Wendy's Set to Open 700 Ghost Kitchens

Wendy’s and REEF expect to open 50 more kitchens in 2021. The remainder will be launched by 2025.


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Dine Brands Inc. says pandemic made Applebee’s and IHOP stronger

It’s no longer about brick-and-mortar as off-premises and tech investments pay off.


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Steal This Idea: Target the Video Gamer, a Likely Customer

ShiftPixy learned many delivery customers play lots of video games.


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Wingstop has filed a trademark to sell chicken wings in the metaverse

Wingstop has filed a multi-class trademark to enter the metaverse.


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Macca’s in the Metaverse

To us, the metaverse so far is not much more than a vague collection of ideas being developed piecemeal.


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How Technology Is Changing Restaurant Design

Many restaurants are now integrating technology into their design prototypes.


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Focus needed on safety in changing food system, say reports

The evolving systems for buying and selling food online will have implications for food safety.


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Nextbite Adds New Menu Management Tools to Ordermark Platform

Nextbite announced that Ordermark launched new advanced menu management tools.


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Virtual Restauranteur Raised More Than $50 million to Expand

Taster is a virtual restaurant company that offers five brands.


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Virtual Restauranteur Raised More Than $50 million to Expand

Taster is a virtual restaurant company that offers five brands.


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New plant-based chicken startup raises $10M

Skinny Butcher is bringing plant-based poultry to grocery stores and ghost kitchens.


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A Breakdown of Shaquille O'Neal's Franchise Ventures

What you should know about the former athlete and 2022 IFA convention keynote speaker.


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Saladworks and Combo Kitchen Open 20 Ghost Kitchen Locations in C. Florida

Saladworks menu items will soon be available for delivery across Central Florida.


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TiffinLabs Establishes $2 Million Program To Sponsor Restaurants And Hotels

TiffinLabs has launched a $2 million subsidy program to underwrite local restaurant and hotel owners.


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Here's when Torchy's Tacos plans to open in Columbus

The Austin-based fast-casual taco shop has a pair of local units in the works for this summer.


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Interview with the Founders of MayaEats

MayaEats is a startup pioneer in the virtual and ghost kitchen industry.


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Kristen Barnett on the ‘Anti-Ghost Kitchen’ Ghost Kitchen

In this Business Lunch I explore the world of ghost kitchens with the founder and CEO of Hungry House.


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Marco's Seeks its Piece of Pizza Royalty

Ghost kitchens help the pizza chain enter high-density urban areas with minimal commercial space.


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Revolutionising breakfast

A zero-waste cloud kitchen service that delivers a freshly blended fruity morning meal in a bottle.


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Ghost kitchen operator honored on two innovation lists

Kitchen United named to list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies and Forbes Best Start-Up Employers for 2022.


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Nextbite Named to Forbes’ America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 List

Nextbite announced that it was selected for Forbes’  America’s Best Startup Employers 2022  list.


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Tiger Global, A91 Partners enter into Box8's $30 million secondary funding round

EatClub Brands is close to finalizing a secondary round of funding of about $30 million.


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Breakfast-focused ghost kitchen newest ingredient at Regency mall

The company operates a so-called ghost kitchen for six in-house restaurant concepts.


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