Ghost Kitchens: The Dirty Secret Behind Fast Food Delivery

by | Oct 17, 2019

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Your favorite food might not be cooked in your favorite restaurant.

And with the explosion of apps such as Grubhubb, Doordash and Seamless, not delivering is not an option.

According to Business Insider, Wendy’s is now the latest chain to partner with ghost kitchens to make sure customers get their food no matter where they are.

Here’s how it works: A ghost kitchen is a location only used to cook the food and have it picked up by a delivery service. There’s no dining room area, nowhere for customers to sit and relax, it’s only purpose is to prepare your dish and get it out the door.

This means companies don’t have to make big real estate investments to house an entire restaurant and customers don’t have to drive miles to satisfy a craving. According to the investment banking firm, Cowen and Company, food delivery is set to become a seventy-five billion dollar business in the next three years.

You might never have to leave your house again.

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