Orlando ghost kitchens are pumping out take out and delivery meals by virtual restaurant brands inside industrial parks, converted storage buildings, and inside existing restaurants' kitchens.
What's a Ghost Kitchen?
Ghost kitchens, also known as virtual kitchens, virtual restaurants, and cloud kitchens are restaurant brands that only offer delivery and take-out as their means of getting food to their customers. 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 began popping up across the country thanks to the proliferation and popularity of these delivery apps as well as due to recent world events.
Restaurant brands access ghost kitchens in three ways: (1) they use existing kitchens inside existing restaurants (theirs or others') and make meals under a different brand name than that of the restaurant, (2) build their own ghost kitchens inside industrial parks and other nondescript buildings such as converted storage facilities, or (3) rent one or more kitchen spaces located within multi-ghost-kitchen facilities.
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.
Learn more about ghost kitchens at the links below:
New York Times The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant
Roaming Hunger Guide to Ghost Kitchens (2020): All You Need to Know
Orlando Ghost Kitchens Guide:
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
Phone: (407) 504-7844
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."
Phone: (407) 478-7789
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)
Phone: (407) 790-7838
Address: 2425 E. South St, Orlando, FL 32803
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.