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September 19, 2019

Rechler cooks up ‘ghost kitchen’ deal for New York buildings

Scott Rechler has cooked up a deal with restaurant revolutionaries, Kitchen United. Months after partnering with Airbnb to create hotel space in some of his buildings, Rechler just announced a major investment in the “kitchen as a service” company that includes bringing it to New York City. […]

September 19, 2019

Fast food turns to 'ghost kitchens' and restaurants on wheels as chains like &pizza and Chick-fil-A battle for delivery dominance

As fast food moves beyond restaurants, customers may soon find themselves ordering McDonald's from a restaurant on wheels — even if they don't realize it. […]

August 23, 2019

‘Ghost’ kitchens cook up new market

The explosion in restaurant delivery services has given birth to a new type of dining establishment – off -site commercial kitchens that can accommodate to-go orders without compromising operations in brick-and-mortar facilities. […]

August 19, 2019

How ghost kitchens go the distance with delivery

When so-called “ghost kitchens” started appearing on the dining scene, they seemed like an enterprising solution to several nagging problems: the tight labor market, rising costs and the public’s growing appetite for delivered meals. […]

August 15, 2019

Ghost kitchen trend spreading, bringing restaurant food to homes

Ghost kitchens are starting to pop up around the country as new ways to get the same food from familiar restaurants. CEO Paul Damico has restaurants in six states. However, with his newest kitchen called Naf Naf, he’s trying something different. […]

August 14, 2019

Kitchen United hosts culinary 'boot camps' for potential hires

Kitchen United, a delivery-only kitchen startup, has begun hosting two-day "boot camps" for potential job candidates to improve their culinary skills, Restaurant Business reports. […]

August 14, 2019

Delivery is stretching restaurant resources. Ghost kitchens can be the answer

In Wisconsin, if you don’t have delivery, you don’t have a restaurant business. “There’s six to seven months of winter a year, and no one wants to leave,” said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing for Cousins Subs, a Wisconsin-based sandwich chain. […]

August 13, 2019

How Kitchen United is trying to get ahead of the labor shortage

The virtual kitchen operator is hosting two-day culinary boot camps to train—and in many cases hire—new employees. […]

August 6, 2019

Episode 1: The Future of Commercial Kitchens

The team that brings you FoodOnDemandNews.com and the Food On Demand Conference is excited to announce a monthly podcast covering the latest news and information at the intersection of food, technology and mobility. […]

July 31, 2019

Novelty Or Next Trend? Google Venture-Backed Kitchen United Looks To Open 400 Ghost Kitchens Nationwide

On a recent day this summer, Dana Hathaitham stood in the middle of Kitchen United’s Pasadena location and watched the action unfold. […]

July 26, 2019

Delivery-Only Restaurants Create a New Appetite for Real Estate

Years ago if you wanted a hot corned beef sandwich from the iconic Canter's Deli, you'd have to head over to its longtime home at 419 Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Not anymore. […]

June 13, 2019

Incre-MENTAL: The heated debate over third-party delivery

I never realized that "incrementality" could be such a controversial topic. It's a simple concept, really: "is this element additive?" Right now, in the restaurant industry there is a lot of heated conversation around whether delivery sales are incremental. […]

May 20, 2019

The start-ups building ‘dark kitchens’ for Uber Eats and Deliveroo

“The success of Uber Eats, DoorDash and others suggests there is a demographic shift towards consumption of prepared meals at home,” said Michael Ronen, managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers. […]

May 1, 2019

Kitchen United delivers on expansion plans with new Fulton Market spot

A startup that leases kitchen space to restaurants and food entrepreneurs is opening its second Chicago location in Fulton Market. Kitchen United recently signed a lease for 12,700 square feet at 201 N. Elizabeth St. […]

April 25, 2019

Kitchen United Signs Three More Leases

Kitchen United announced its next batch of cloud kitchens in an aggressive push for 15 open locations by the end of 2019. The California-based company has signed leases in San Francisco and Los Angeles, plus a second location in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. […]

April 25, 2019

Dog Haus embraces delivery-only kitchens as a pathway to growth

Six months ago, Andre Vener, partner with the Dog Haus fast-casual chain, was at a dads outing for his kid’s school in Pasadena, Calif. Turns out, the dad on the next barstool over was Michael Montagano, CFO for the fast-growing, delivery-only kitchen startup Kitchen United. […]

April 19, 2019

Kitchen United Continues to Grow

Kitchen United, the GV-backed start-up creating a new way for restaurant brands to expand via off-premise optimized kitchen centers, signed lease agreements bringing new locations to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a second location to Chicago in the Fulton Market District. […]

April 17, 2019

Kitchen United signs leases for San Francisco, LA

Kitchen United, which provides off-premise optimized kitchen centers for restaurant brands, has signed leases for new locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It's also readying centers to open this year in Atlanta, Columbus, Austin and Scottsdale. […]

March 25, 2019

Halal Guys, Wetzel's Pretzel partner with Kitchen United

Kitchen United, which offers off-premise kitchen centers for brands and franchises, now has two new partners as well as a new restaurant concept. Halal Guys and Wetzel's Pretzels are now partners with Kitchen United, which also launched Fresgo, a fast Italian offering serving out of the Pasadena, California kitchen center. […]

March 25, 2019

Wetzel's Pretzels to test delivery with virtual kitchen

Now that Kitchen United is partnering with a national brand, others may follow, especially if the off-premise venture proves profitable. The jump makes sense for Wetzel's Pretzels since its locations are largely tied to malls, which has made delivery a challenge, Schuler told Nation's Restaurant News. […]

March 23, 2019

Kitchen United Unveils New Restaurant Partners at Pasadena Location

Kitchen United, the GV-backed start-up creating a new way for restaurant brands to expand via off-premise optimized kitchen centers, today announced The Halal Guys and Wetzel’s Pretzels have established operations at the company’s Pasadena kitchen center. […]

March 5, 2019

Kitchen United COO talks broad horizon for off-premise

Meredith Sandland, who has served as chief operating officer of the culinary-on-demand Kitchen United for the past year, says she was drawn to the startup after seeing the growth in off-premise needs during her tenure with Taco Bell. […]

March 4, 2019

Restaurants Under One Roof

Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United, explains the company's mission to bring multiple restaurants under one roof in order to give them an opportunity to reach more customers through delivery, takeout, and catering options. […]

February 28, 2019

Kitchen United Announces Locations for Kitchen Centers in Austin and Scottsdale

Kitchen United has signed lease agreements for kitchen centers in Austin, Texas, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The locations are expected to open in the third quarter of 2019 as part of the company’s national expansion plans, which includes opening 15 kitchen centers through the course of the year. […]

February 28, 2019

Kitchen United Announces Locations for Kitchen Centers in Austin and Scottsdale

Kitchen United has signed lease agreements for kitchen centers in Austin, Texas, and Scottsdale, Arizona. The locations are expected to open in the third quarter of 2019 as part of the company’s national expansion plans, which includes opening 15 kitchen centers through the course of the year. […]

February 22, 2019

Modern Restaurant Concepts and The Franchise Playbook

Lemonade Restaurant Group and Modern Market Eatery have merged to form Modern Restaurant Concepts. Both brands are portfolio companies of Butterfly, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm specializing in the food sector. As part of the transaction, global investment firm KKR will contribute its investment in Lemonade to the merger and become a shareholder in Modern Restaurant Concepts alongside Butterfly and the management team. […]

February 13, 2019

Google-backed, LA-based virtual kitchen company plans West Midtown expansion

The Los Angeles-based commissary kitchen operator Kitchen United says the Atlanta location in a newly redeveloped creative office gives easy access to Georgia Tech. […]

January 30, 2019

How restaurants should adapt to rising takeout demand

Rising demand for takeout could push more restaurant chains to take their off-premise sales off premise. This week’s episode of RB's podcast "A Deeper Dive" features Atul Sood, a former McDonald’s executive and now chief business officer for Kitchen United—a virtual restaurant that provides the infrastructure for other restaurants to run takeout and delivery sales. […]

January 28, 2019

Food Delivery Startups Cook Up New Model That’s All About the Kitchen

Online food-delivery services were hot when they burst onto the scene a few years back, but the craze has since led to a growing list of failures. Now, a new crop of startups are taking a swing at the rapidly evolving urban food-service industry by homing in on one layer of business—the cooking facilities. […]

November 16, 2018

Kitchen-space startup to open on Near North Side

Chicago is the second location for Kitchen United, which offers restaurants extra capacity to accommodate catering and delivery operations. A startup that leases kitchen space to restaurants and food entrepreneurs is entering Chicago as its second market, with plans to expand further across the U.S. in 2019. […]

November 16, 2018

Kitchen United Comes to Chicago

Kitchen United, a Los Angeles-based virtual restaurant provider, will open its next kitchen center at 825 N. Sedgwick St. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Coming on the heels of a $10M funding round led by GV, Kitchen United will work with restaurant partners to begin move-in in mid-December, and will start serving Chicago consumers in January. […]

October 15, 2018

Kitchen United CEO On Restaurants’ eTail Future

The digitization of the economy has been actively underway for the last two or so decades. In many regards, though, the digital age of restaurants has caught many restaurateurs off guard. Food is, by nature, a physical experience — so it’s been hard for restaurants to mentally bridge that digital divide. […]

October 9, 2018

Pasadena-Based Restaurant Industry Innovator Secures $10 Million in Funding

A Pasadena-based company seeking to update the restaurant industry for the 21st Century has secured $10 million in funding from a group of investors led by GV, formerly known as Google Ventures. […]

October 8, 2018

Virtual restaurant concept secures $10 million investment

Kitchen United, a virtual restaurant concept, has closed a $10 million Series A funding round led by GV, formerly known as Google Ventures. Launched in 2017, Kitchen United operates “Kitchen Center” facilities that hold 10 to 20 restaurants in converted warehouses. […]

October 8, 2018

GV leads $10 million investment in Kitchen United to help restaurants expand via data-driven kitchens

Kitchen United, a fledgling startup that’s setting out to help restaurants open to new markets without investing in additional real estate, has raised $10 million in a series […]

October 8, 2018

Kitchen United wins $10M investment led by Google Ventures

Kitchen United on Monday announced the closing of a $10 million series A funding round led by Google Ventures, a move that will accelerate planned growth for the self-described “virtual restaurant concept." […]

October 8, 2018

The Future of Delivery May Turn the Idea of a ‘Restaurant’ on Its Head

The growth in delivery has changed our relationship with restaurants. In the past, generally you knew where a restaurant was, and maybe you had even dropped in for a meal before. But digital platforms have made the experience less personal. […]

October 7, 2018

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own. These venture capitalists think the same forces that have transformed transportation, media, retail and logistics will also work their way through prepared food businesses. […]

September 27, 2018

How 6 restaurant brands cut costs by sharing kitchen space

High real estate prices and expensive kitchen equipment are two of the biggest barriers to opening and operating a thriving restaurant business. But what if those weren't factors? […]

May 24, 2018

10 GROUNDBREAKING CONCEPTS - KITCHEN UNITED

Restaurateurs band together to solve delivery-only dilemma. There’s no denying that delivery is huge and is only continuing to grow. As operators have been trying to add the service, several so-called virtual restaurants […]

May 23, 2018

Here’s Why a Lot of Delivery Food Isn’t Coming From Actual Restaurants

When higher demand for home dining meets increased competition among food delivery apps, the result is something called a cloud kitchen. Usually in a less expensive part of town, cloud kitchens […]

May 21, 2018

Kitchen United Launches to Help Restaurants Meet Delivery Demand

There is no shortage of people ordering restaurant food for delivery. And there is no shortage of services who will gladly deliver those people restaurant food […]

April 23, 2018

Outside the Box: Why Restaurants Need to Rethink Delivery

As a restaurant owner myself, I entered the world of delivery hopeful that we would see significant incremental sales and profits through the channel pushed open by millions […]

April 23, 2018

Is Delivery the New Drive Thru?

Red’s Giant Hamburg of Springfield, Missouri, is credited with opening America’s first drive-thru restaurant in 1947. Popularized by In-N-Out shortly thereafter and eventually made commonplace by McDonald’s […]

April 9, 2018

Are Delivery Services Killing or Saving the Restaurant Biz?

An operator rose from the audience at the FOD Conference to expose a major bone of contention between restaurateurs and third-party delivery systems. “We are financing their growth,” […]

March 6, 2018

TouchBistro Teams with WePay and Tuition-Free Hospitality Academy Launches

This edition of MRM's Daily Bite features TouchBistro, Ordermark, Kitchen United, Taco Mac, Verifone and Paysafe, starrdesign, Bridg, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Last Word Hospitality […]

February 22, 2018

Shared Kitchens Help Restaurants Capture Growth Of The Food Delivery Market

Restaurants may want to reach more delivery customers by expanding into new markets, especially as the market for food delivery could grow to $17 billion by 2020. Yet it doesn’t […]

February 22, 2018

Kitchen United Has Hired Taco Bell Executive Meredith Sandland as Chief Operating Officer

Pasadena-based culinary on-demand startup Kitchen United has appointed former Taco Bell executive Meredith Sandland as Chief Operating Officer, the company announced Tuesday […]

February 1, 2018

Kitchen United Announces Pasadena Culinary On Demand Startup

Newly founded culinary on-demand startup Kitchen United today introduced a new center of culinary imagination and excellence with the opening of its first facility in Pasadena […]

February 1, 2018

Kitchen United Announces Pasadena Facility

Newly founded culinary on-demand startup Kitchen United today introduced a new center of culinary imagination and excellence with the opening of its first facility in Pasadena, Calif. The 12,000 sq. ft. fully equipped kitchen space […]

January 30, 2018

Kitchen United Carves Out Space For Delicious Culinary Concepts

Pasadena has a new hub of culinary collaboration. Damn is it divine. The aptly-named Kitchen United is a 25,000 square foot, fully equipped kitchen space infrastructure that houses a rotating collection of virtual restaurants, food trucks, pop-ups […]

September 19, 2017

Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig

Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months […]

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