Cloud Kitchens: Providers, Ghost Kitchens, Virtual Restaurants

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Food delivery apps are creating the chance for delivery-only restaurants to thrive.

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๐Ÿ” Problem

Traditional restaurants will lose in the delivery game unless they optimize.

๐Ÿ Players

Cloud Kitchen Providers

Cloud Kitchen Restaurant Groups

Cloud Kitchen Dropshipper

๐Ÿ”ฎ Predictions

  • Casual dining will become harder to find.
  • Most restaurants will focus on efficiency or experience.
  • We will cook for the experience instead of cost savings.
  • More apartments will be built without full kitchens.
  • Delivery-only restaurants will evolve faster as setup costs drop.

โ˜๏ธ Opportunities

  • Rent cloud kitchen space
  • Build cloud kitchen equipment
  • Start a delivery-only restaurant
  • Start an upscale restaurant
  • Make packaging for delivery restaurants
  • Build software to track and improve delivery-only restaurant operations

๐Ÿ˜  Haters

“This isn’t new. Takeout/delivery joints have existed forever.”
Yes, but, recent logistic improvements and friction reduction takes this to another level.

๐Ÿ”— Links

  1. Virtual Kitchen Documentary โ€” HNGRY
  2. Delivery Only: The Rise Of Restaurants With No Diners As Apps Take Orders โ€” NPR
  3. How to start your own delivery-only, virtual restaurant โ€” The Food Corridor
  4. A16Z Virtual Kitchen Co Investment Thesis โ€” A16Z
  5. Ghost Kitchens: Their Rise and Why Theyโ€™re Here to Stay โ€” FsR
  6. Why ‘ghost’ restaurants are changing the delivery game โ€” Restaurant Dive
  7. The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant โ€” New York Times
  8. Is Tech Destroying Restaurants? โ€” Slate
  9. Ghost kitchen โ€” Wikipedia
  10. Million Dollar Brainstorm – Cloud Kitchens, Kava Bars & Religious Products โ€” My First Million