GHOST KITCHENS CAN BE LOCATED ALMOST ANYWHERE
One benefit for hospitality companies that want to launch a ghost kitchen is that the kitchens be opened pretty much anywhere, from repurposed buildings to former restaurant kitchens to areas reconfigured in businesses like a hotel or casino.
Ghost kitchens can operate in as little as 200 square feet, according to Provista member REEF
, which provides turnkey delivery solutions for the preparation, distribution and expansion of food concepts and offers the Neighborhood Kitchens, or NBRHD Kitchens, brand.
“Today, ghost kitchens are used by food brands of all sizes and cuisines to serve their customers,” according to REEF. “The ghost kitchen trend has also given rise to more sophisticated, restaurant-friendly delivery kitchen models—like REEF’s NBRHD Kitchens.”
REEF can help Provista members that want to open this type of business. It offers a delivery kitchen model at zero cost or overhead to businesses, and acts as a full-service partner.
“Unlike ghost kitchens, NBRHD Kitchens are financially and operationally self-sufficient,” according to REEF. “That’s because we manage all of the staffing, site selection and stock management on the restaurant owner’s behalf while maintaining the high quality and consistency standards of our partners.”
The REEF-exclusive model is built on an international network of proprietary kitchens. REEF has an ecosystem of 4,500 locations with a team of 15,000.
LEVERAGE GPO CONTRACTS TO OPEN A GHOST KITCHEN
Hospitality companies interested in opening a virtual kitchen should start by talking to their GPO. They can learn about contracts with suppliers that help accelerate the opening of the kitchen and save money in the process.
For example, Provista supplier US Foods offers an “easy-to-activate” ghost kitchen program. Members benefit by:
- Needing less than $5,000 in startup costs, on average
- Being able to open within three weeks, average lead time
- Achieving an average profit margin of over 35%
The US Foods’ all-in-one solution includes a ghost kitchen playbook, exclusive tools, proprietary technology and expert one-on-one support from food service industry leaders. The program helps companies identify the right concept based on research and current operations, build the brand with digital solutions and support, optimize the menu with food costing tools and chef-driven recipes, and manage the operation.
Another Provista supplier, Sysco, offers food, services and support to members. One of the services is Business Solutions, which provides everything from an understanding of profit and loss statements to developing new menus. Another Sysco program, Supplies on the Fly, provides a 24/7 online source for more than 170,000 food service products, including heavy equipment, kitchen supplies and specialty food.
By working with a GPO, food service operators have access to everything they need to start and run a successful ghost kitchen business. GPOs can also help members optimize their menus for delivery to ensure food still looks and tastes great when it’s eaten at home.