There are a countless number of ghost kitchens coming out of the woodwork, and the LloydPans innovation team thinks fall is the perfect season for this phenomenon to trend.
It’s no surprise that pizza delivery grandfathered in the in-person handing over of the delicious pie, but COVID has undoubtedly ramped up the reality of delivery service. And, that’s where ghost kitchens come in. Why have a complete dining experience when delivery is boooooo-ming? For those of you who are thinking about flying in head first with starting a ghost kitchen, you may be in luck. Going to the dark side can be lucrative if you plan ahead — and stock up on LloydPans bakeware or pizza pans.
If you’re reading this and are still unsure of what exactly a ghost kitchen is, don’t be afraid. They’re basically commercial kitchens that are built specifically for delivery. There’s no sit-down service, just a space to answer the phone or computer; create the culinary masterpiece; box it up; and ship it out the door.
We have the American consumer to thank for the beginning of this trend, because 60% of them are currently ordering delivery or pickup once a week, according to Upserve. The numbers in this space are huge:
Reasons to have a ghost kitchen vary, from the overhead of having a brick-and-mortar restaurant to layouts just not being ideal for the rising demand of delivery. Managing multiple restaurant partnerships is also tempting, as one kitchen can truly be a one-size fits all house for anything from pizza to Mexican to Chinese. And, at restaurants where parking can be an issue, delivery drivers find more ease in front-door VIP spaces that aren’t competing with customers.
Sharing can also be a definite bonus to having a ghost kitchen, as shared spaces with other ghosters can save rental space costs. Renting the space with a culinary friend can release the pressure of owning a brick-and mortar restaurant, and cooking can be more fun with a friend!
Are you thinking of starting a ghost kitchen, or do you already have a bootiful setup? Don’t ghost us! Send us your pics and innovative ideas!