What is a ghost kitchen? Restaurants adapting amid pandemic

As delivery and takeout orders surge in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants are adapting with new concepts. 

These new concepts include off-premise establishments, called ghost kitchens.

What is a ghost kitchen?

Restaurants adhering to a ghost kitchen models operate on a delivery or pick-up only basis. The company also relies on third-party food delivery service apps for fulfilling orders. 

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A ghost kitchen typically doesn't have any dine-in areas or front-line service. Instead, customers order in advance. 

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A number of food tech companies have experimented with ghost or cloud kitchens in recent years as apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats grow in popularity.