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This is the future of ghost kitchens

Ghost kitchens and virtual brands in a post-pandemic world will favor more flexible, transparent business models from industry veterans like Reef and Nextbite, to newcomers like Oomi and Meal Outpost


Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre.

Today, we’re talking about the future of ghost kitchens.

At the height of the pandemic when dining rooms were closed, the phrase “ghost kitchen” entered the public lexicon and new “hot” delivery-only concepts opened their hidden doors almost every day.

But as the post-pandemic dust settles, the off-premises restaurant industry is evolving beyond the rush of flash-in-the-pan celebrity-backed chicken nuggets concepts. Virtual restaurant companies are in it for the long-haul: they’re stepping out of the dark kitchen’s shadows to combine off-and-on-premises experiences, and many are avoiding the phrase “ghost kitchen” altogether.

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