ORLANDO GHOST KITCHEN GUIDE

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Orlando Ghost Kitchen Guide

By Mark Baratelli

Editor

 

What is a ghost kitchen?

 

Ghost kitchens, also known as cloud kitchens, are delivery-only restaurants. There are no dining rooms, tables, or chairs. There is just a kitchen. The only way customers can order from ghost kitchens is through delivery apps like Uber Eats and GrubHub. The food is also delivered by these services.

 

Ghost kitchens have begun popping up across the country thanks to the proliferation and popularity of these delivery apps. Restaurant businesses either build their own ghost kitchens or rent from businesses that contain multiple kitchen commissary spaces in one building like Kitchen United and CloudKitchens.

 

Often, a ghost kitchen business isn't cooking and selling just one brand and menu. They can put several brands on delivery apps and use one kitchen in which to cook it all.

 

Established restaurants and food trucks looking to create a delivery-only business outside their restaurants use ghost kitchens. Entrepreneurs use them as a less-expensive way to test a concept or create a full-fledged business.

 

You may have heard the term virtual restaurant. This is not a ghost or cloud kitchen. According to the New York Times, a virtual restaurant is "attached to real-life restaurants... but make different cuisines specifically for the delivery apps."

 

 

Dollins Virtual Food Hall by CloudKitchens®

 

CloudKitchens®, a national industry juggernaut, rents individual kitchen spaces to delivery-only restaurant tenants. The public-facing brand for the Orlando location is Dollins Food Hall. This Orlando location was in the works as far back as February 2020 and is now open inside the building at 18 N. Dollins Avenue. According to city documents the facility can contain up to 41 commercial kitchens.

 

 

 

 

Ghost Kitchen Orlando

 

Ghost Kitchen Orlando offer lunches, prepared meals and catering. For lunch they offer salads, power bowls. sandwiches, and sides. The prepared meals come in packs of 4, 8 and 12. Meals include Cod Cakes, Beef Bourguignon, BBQ Pork, Salmon, Chicken Parmesan, Herb Chicken, Ravioli Lasagna, Ropa Vieja and more. Their catering option offers sandwich trays, boxed lunches, party platters, salads and more.

 

"With our Ghost Kitchen business model focusing on delivery and pickup meals only, we do not have a typical restaurant setup with hostesses, servers, bussers, bartenders, and so forth. Because of this, we can focus solely on the quality and freshness of the food here at Ghost Kitchen Orlando, which is what I’ve always valued most. Unlike traditional restaurants, the internet is our storefront as opposed to a traditional brick and mortar location. You can order our prepared meals and catering through our website and can order our weekly lunches through your favorite food delivery apps! At the end of the day, we want to provide you the convenience of a delivered meal, with the same quality and care you would get at a restaurant."

 

 

 

 

Kitchen AF

 

 

Kitchen AF offers full individual menus of pastas, subs, burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, deli sandwiches, ribs, wings, burritos, salads, and more.

 

"We don’t have a dining room, servers, front of the house manager, bussers or any of the other things a conventional restaurant has that distracts them from their primary job, making great food. As a virtual restaurant, also known as a “ghost kitchen”, our great food is only available for pick up and delivery. Because of this we’re able to focus strictly on making our food the best delivery and pick up available. We’re also faster since we’re focused, no long line of dine in folks ahead of your order. The minute your finger sends the order, we start preparing it. Our menus are designed so that no item takes longer than ten minutes to prepare meaning you get it sooner.

 

 

 

Jimmy Hula Ghost Kitchen Concept (In the Works)

 

Jimmy Hula's will be opening a ghost kitchen in the former Darland Bakery space in the Milk District. It will house several self-created delivery-only brands.