Wingstop will debut in Spain with the upcoming openings of two ghost kitchens in Madrid

Wingstop debuts in Spain with Madrid ghost-kitchen openings

Wingstop Madrid will be built up over time with a mix of traditional + ghost-kitchen locations,franchise partner

Wingstop will debut in Spain with the upcoming openings of two ghost kitchens in Madrid. Two additional, delivery-only locations of the fast-casual chicken-wings chain in Spain’s capital will follow. Partnering with a logistics-kitchen provider made this market entry possible. It precedes large-scale growth in Spain, which has become a key target growth market for Wingstop.

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Saladworks will open new locations across Central Florida via dark kitchens through Combo Kitchen

Saladworks expands in Central Florida with 20 delivery-only dark kitchens

Agreement with Combo kitchen activates fulfillment from WingHouse Bar & Grill restaurants

Saladworks will open 20 new delivery locations across Central Florida through an agreement with Combo Kitchen. Customers throughout the territory will be able to start ordering delivery from Saladworks as early as March 25. Combo Kitchen’s franchise system partner, WingHouse Bar & Grill, will prepare these orders inside dark kitchens.

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Chicago’s The Cumin Bowl and its customizable Indian bowls expanded into Buckhead, Atlanta today

The Cumin Bowl expands into Buckhead, Atlanta via Franklin Junction

Expansion possible via dark-kitchen solutions provider, Franklin Junction

Chicago’s The Cumin Bowl and its customizable Indian bowls expanded into Atlanta through a partnership with Franklin Junction. The new location landed at a Buckhead UPop convenience store by Savi Provisions. Dark-kitchen operator Franklin Junction enabled the entry into the Atlanta market through its host kitchen program.

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Kitchen United MIX launched a new ghost kitchen location inside a Kroger in The Heights, Houston, Texas

Kitchen United Mix opens in Houston Kroger in The Heights

MIX platform will enable Kroger customers to order food for onsite pickup or delivery

Kitchen United MIX launched a new ghost kitchen center inside a Kroger in The Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Through the MIX platform, Kroger customers will order food from various restaurants. This can be done online, via mobile or at a kiosk in-person.

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New Grab Go Eat locations will open in Garden City, New York and Torrance Calif, courtesy of Apex Order Pickup Solutions

Grab Go Eat locations open in Garden City, N.Y. and Torrance, California, powered by Apex Order Pickup Solutions

Kitchen United Mix’s to-go, ondemand ordering platform will gain two new sites where customers can retrieve their orders

New Grab Go Eat locations opened in Garden City, N.Y. and Torrance Calif., courtesy of Apex Order Pickup Solutions technology. Apex Order is a purveyor of contactless, smart, order-pickup solutions, while ghost-kitchen provider Kitchen United powers Grab Go Eat. Their partnership will expand as these two additional pickup locations open.

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Wow Bao will accelerate its ghost kitchen program in Canada through an expanded agreement with Ghost Kitchen Brands

Wow Bao expands ghost kitchen programs in Canada

Partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands will grow cloud, dark kitchen points of sale

Wow Bao will accelerate its ghost kitchen program in Canada through an expanded agreement with Ghost Kitchen Brands. The partnership deployed eight Ghost Kitchen Brands locations, today, February 11. Additional points of sale will open in Alberta by the end of the first quarter.

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Fuku Lexington, Ky. is the newest home of the concept’s elevated chicken sandwiches, as it opens within the delivery perimeter of the University of Kentucky

Fuku opens in Lexington, Kentucky with Franklin Junction

Dark kitchen location to serve University of Kentucky, Lexington neighborhoods

Fuku Lexington, Ky. is the newest home of the concept’s elevated chicken sandwiches, as it opens within the delivery perimeter of the University of Kentucky. The new opening was made possible through a deal with Franklin Junction, a dark-kitchen network that provides access to major brands through off-premises dining. Fuku’s food will be offered on major third-party delivery providers, including through UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates.

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Ghost kitchens are providing new outlets for growth, spurring a race among some of the largest hospitality and restaurant players to establish a presence in this rapidly-expanding arena both regionally and nationally

Ghost kitchens disrupting traditional restaurant expansion channels

Ghost kitchen explosion: Restaurant chains, entrepreneurs test advantages of growing with dining-room-less distribution points

Ghost kitchens are providing new outlets for growth, spurring a race among some of the largest hospitality and restaurant players to establish a presence in this rapidly-expanding arena both regionally and nationally. Because they can lower cost barriers to entry and expansion for smaller restaurant operators, ghost kitchens offer seemingly ideal growth opportunities, especially now, as consumers—particularly Millennial and Gen Z—adopt digital ordering, takeout and delivery in far greater numbers than previous generations.

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Focus Brands is growing through an earnest adoption of non-traditional expansion

Focus Brands finds success with non-traditional locations, including ghost kitchens

Advances in technology also pave the way for new formats, channel development

The number of Focus Brands non-traditional locations are growing quickly due to a steadfast focus in these formats. The parent of Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Schlotzsky’s, has grown its non-traditional units to 954. These include points of sales at airports, convenience stores, amusement parks, colleges, ghost kitchens, and other high-footprint venues.

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Ghost-kitchen behemoth Reef Technology acquired 2ndKitchen, a virtual foodservice provider to hotels, venues and offices

REEF acquires 2ndKitchen, expanding its brands into hospitality, venue spaces

REEF acquisition of 2ndKitchen will expand client brands to additional geographies, verticals

Ghost-kitchen behemoth Reef Technology acquired 2ndKitchen, a virtual foodservice provider to hotels and offices. 2ndKitchen also services a variety of hospitality companies, buildings and venues. In turnkey fashion, it takes care of initial payment, deploying ordering, payment, fulfillment, and customer support services.

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