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Famous Dave's Continues to Gain Momentum Signing a 25-Unit Development Deal
Famous Dave's recently signed a 25-unit development agreement to grow the BBQ brand in select locations across the U.S. — adding to its 125 existing locations. The BBQ franchise is partnering with Bluestone Hospitality Group to open both Famous Dave's ghost kitchens and dual restaurant concepts with the group's Italian brand, Johnny Carino's.
Bluestone Hospitality Group, led by seasoned restaurateur Allan Gantes, franchises with brands including Burger King, On the Border, Popeye's and Hilton Hotels, and owns and manages brands like Johnny Carino's. The Gantes family started their relationship with Famous Dave's in 2005, recognizing the strong potential of the brand's consistently award-winning BBQ. Now, in 2020 the Gantes are pushing forward to...
Kroger Testing Ghost Kitchens in Pair of Midwest Stores
Through a partnership with ghost kitchen start-up ClusterTruck, top U.S. retailer Kroger will debut a pair of delivery and pickup-only kitchens in two of its Kroger stores in Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio.
Kroger said it the kitchens will provide a variety of freshly prepared meals on-demand with no service or delivery fees.
The decision to create the on-site kitchens stems from a pilot launched in December of 2019 in Carmel, Indiana and the aforementioned cities. Still, the pilot was an off-premises concept, the new kitchens will be about 1,000 square feet of culinary space...
US Foods Launches New Ghost Kitchens Program
The future of foodservice doesn’t necessarily involve a restaurant store front.
US Foods is getting a jump on the post-COVID world of foodservice with the launch of US Foods Ghost Kitchens, a program designed to “guide restaurant operators every step of the way when opening their own operation.”
Restaurants were forced to shut their doors when coronavirus cases began to spread in the U.S. in mid-March. With restrictions in place that prevented in-house dining, restaurants were forced to rely on pickup or delivery. Those that have been allowed to...
Ghost Kitchens on the Rise in a Post-COVID World
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the restaurant industry hard, with the Independent Restaurant Coalition reporting that 85% of independent restaurants may go out of business by the end of the end of the year. While some restaurants were forced to temporarily close, others focused on making sales through delivery and takeout. And with COVID-19 changing the way that some people eat out, some restaurants, like Pokeworks, are looking to the future.
Pokeworks launched in 2015 and has grown to over 50 locations all over the country...
Wingstop Opens First Ghost Kitchen in U.S.
Wingstop has announced the opening of its first domestic ghost kitchen located in the brand’s hometown of Dallas.
At the onset of COVID-19 in March 2020, Wingstop moved quickly to close its dining rooms and shift to 100% off-premise. Wingstop was well-positioned based on its pre-COVID investments in digital and technology platforms, allowing for the brand to seamlessly shift from 80% off-premise and adapt to the change in consumers’ dining behaviors. The resiliency of Wingstop was demonstrated in its April 2020 same-store sales growth of 33.4% and 65% digital sales, which included a delivery sales mix of more than 30% of total sales.
“We have a goal to digitize 100% of transactions as we drive to become a top 10 global restaurant brand and we believe ghost kitchens are a great step for the brand as...
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