ghost kitchen

noun

plural ghost kitchens
: a commercial cooking facility used for the preparation of food consumed off the premises
Ghost kitchens host food establishments, usually fast-casual, that make meals that can be purchased exclusively with a delivery app …Jonah Engel Bromwich
Ghost kitchens, which have no storefronts or dining rooms, are the hottest thing going during the pandemic. Some are all-new kitchens created to house multiple companies. Others … are new brands added to existing restaurants that seek additional business.Michael Klein
This is what [Eric] Greenspan did with his own ghost kitchen brands—multiple cuisine styles made from the same basic supplies, all from a single location.RoamingHunger.com

called also cloud kitchen, dark kitchen

Examples of ghost kitchen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicole’s Good Eats & Sweets — which once operated out of a South End ghost kitchen, but shut down a few years ago — is back. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024 Much like its one-time competitor Memorex, Imation is a technology ghost kitchen. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Apr. 2024 In Los Angeles, for example, in-the-know food lovers mark their calendars with the dates of versatile chef/ghost kitchen Eric Greenspan’s Duck delivery drops on Postmates. Andy Wang, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Phoenix Sins Phoenix Sins is a ghost kitchen operating out of the Tempe food court. The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2024 Wonder started out in 2021 as a food truck model, then pivoted to a ghost kitchen setup, and now is bringing the brands of those ghost kitchens (up to 8 different ones) to Walmart. Nikki Baird, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 In addition, four ghost kitchens operating under Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen label operated briefly in Columbus during 2021. Bob Vitale, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Other vendors include ghost kitchen 2 Korean Girls, the Baoshi food hall (pan-Asian), Jeepney (Phillippines), Krakatoa (Indonesian), Lutong Pinoy (Phillippines), Miso Japanese Tapas, Red Pine Restaurant & Lounge (Chinese), Zuru Ramen Bar (Japanese) and Temple Street Eatery. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Next Level Kitchen expanded with the May opening of HBX Burger at ghost kitchen South End Eats. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

2015, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ghost kitchen was in 2015

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“Ghost kitchen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ghost%20kitchen. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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