Monday, November 16, 2020

Sustainability and technology are key to making it in today’s food service industry... Cloud kitchens are giving restaurant owners and chefs an opportunity that we have never seen before.



Every day, more and more chefs and restaurant owners are going out of business due to COVID-19,
a trend that will continue as we face the cold winter months. Cloud kitchens(also called ghost kitchens, virtual kitchens, and dark kitchens) are giving chefs and restaurant owners the chance to keep their businesses and menus alive through these tough times.

 

So what are cloud kitchens and how do they operate? 

Cloud kitchens are food production facilities where dozens of different restaurants rent space to prepare meals from their menus for delivery. Facilities like closed factories, closed restaurants, and warehouses all over the country are being repurposed with multiple kitchens and plenty of refrigeration and storage, giving restaurant owners a chance to keep their brand and business going without the cost of having a brick and mortar store, and an opportunity for chefs to keep their dreams alive and to provide for their families.

Cloud kitchens are likely to become the future of delivery-only style restaurants and kitchens which we’re seeing more of now because of the pandemic. It’s a fantastic way to replace lost

dine-in business.

 

Sustainability has become extremely important for businesses in the world today, but it can be a difficult

concept for restaurants to get a grasp of Cloud kitchens can help with sustainability because there is no direct contact with customers and all food is ordered online. If you’re a restaurant owner or chef being faced with losing your business, you may want to consider using a cloud kitchen to sustain your business over the next several months or even years. With cloud kitchens, owners and chefs only pay for the use of a kitchen when they use it, which dramatically cuts costs. By doing this, it will also help maintain the brand you’ve built so when the pandemic ends, you won’t have to re-create it or re-introduce your menus.

 

Because of this revolution, technology is becoming more and more relevant in the food service industry. Delicious food and outstanding service have always contributed to a restaurant’s success, but other than POS systems, technology hasn’t played a big role. With the use of cloud kitchens, good food is also key, but it’s important to become tech savvy as the business model is dependent on technology to get food from a cloud kitchen to the customer. It will also provide data about your customers’ likes and dislikes, what your customers are saying about your food, and how you’re ranked with different delivery apps. This easy access to data makes it much easier to enhance a cloud kitchen business than a traditional restaurant business. Restaurateurs who use cloud kitchens can quickly respond to new food trends and be able to cater and prepare the exact food their customers are looking for.


A new company actually named “CloudKitchens” has caught the attention of many investors and is looking to grow their business even further as the pandemic continues. To learn

more about what “CloudKitchens” is up, to click here.


And while chefs and restaurant owners are using technology for ordering/delivering, cloud kitchen owners and managers understand the value of using TableBoost, a free app to help manage all the equipment and systems in their facilities. It‘s imperative that cloud kitchen owners maintain and keep all of their kitchens functioning at optimal levels because it’s possible that their kitchens may be used 24/7 as this business model grows for restaurateurs, chefs and other food service providers.  Routine maintenance needs to be scheduled in advance, emergency repairs need to be immediate, and replacing broken equipment be done at the lowest cost. If you’re a new cloud kitchen owner or one who wants to expand, TableBoost’s competitive bid service will also help you find the lowest prices on equipment and services.




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