Ousted Uber founder Travis Kalanick has switched from the ridesharing industry to another type of shareable market: ghost kitchens.
As part of Kalanick's acquisition of the real estate company City Storage Systems, the startup CloudKitchens – which he has been quite a household -housing about – rents commercial space that offers restaurants and chefs who only supply a place to cook without having to worry about maintain the restaurant section of a brick and mortar site.
There are many names for these kitchens – commissioner, virtual, dark, cloud or ghost kitchen – but the idea is that restaurateurs can rent out space in them to prepare food that can then be delivered via platforms like DoorDash or, yes, UberEats , which was launched during Kalanick's time at the company.
Commissioner kitchens are basically "WeWork for restaurant kitchens," as TechCrunch's Danny Crichton writes. These "smart kitchens", as they are called on CloudKitchen's website, can provide everything a restaurant or chef needs, such as sinks, WiFi and electricity.
They have become a hot trend in the food delivery arena, so that existing restaurants can be closer to a market without shelling out the money needed for a traditional brick and mortar restaurant. They also allow chefs to work without having to start the risky business of opening a new restaurant.
And the kitchens can also market for these companies, which is another benefit.
Kalanick's CloudKitchens are right in line with the growing trend, so much so that Saudi Arabia's sovereign fund funneled $ 400 million into its start in January, which is the first known financial backing from the country since the assassination of US journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the report by The Wall Street Journal. [1
Still, we paid Kalanick's San Francisco ghosts a visit to see how it is. Check it out.