How Ghost Kitchens Came to Be When the pandemic banned sit-down service in so many restaurants, virtual alternatives popped up to take its place. In particular, takeout and delivery became extremely popular. Some restaurants opened ghost kitchens, either in addition to their existing store or under an entirely separate name. Why do this instead of starting a new brick-and-mortar location? First and foremost, opening a ghost kitchen costs less than an entirely new, fully sized operation from the ground up. For some, they already had plans to open a second venue before the pandemic struck.... read more »