Developing technology and especially the conditions created by the new normal have led to the development of many new business lines, while changing and transforming the way they do business in their existing sectors.
One of the industry where this transformation was most felt was the F&B industy, which was unable to serve outside of takeaway during the pandemic. For these reasons, cloud kitchens have become extremely common and helpful.
What Are Cloud Kitchens?
A few years ago, it started to spread in many countries, especially in USA. It is known by different names such as ghost kitchen, cloud kitchen, virtual kitchen, shadow kitchen, dark kitchen.
Think of it as a restaurant with no shared workspace or store to eat in. Cloud kitchens, also known as virtual kitchens, subvert the perception of traditional dining spaces by removing dining areas and ornate décor. Instead, they serve as large kitchens for restaurants to prepare meals for delivery to customers.
Numerous restaurants can operate in the same ghost kitchen, working in the same facility, or by dividing the space into separate areas. A business model has been developed in which a professional kitchen with different names is shared by various businesses or chefs. This business model, which only offers service as a package service, has gained great popularity with the effect of the pandemic.
Cloud kitchens are centrally licensed commercial food production facilities where one or two to dozens of restaurants rent space to prepare menu items optimized for delivery. A restaurant can operate multiple brands or virtual restaurants, all operating under one roof, or the kitchen can be operated like an incubator shared by different suppliers. Imagine a large warehouse with numerous stations (mini restaurants) with stainless steel prep tables, hood vents, cookers, ovens and sinks, each with its own orders directly from customers.