DoorDash Jollibee partner for innovative mobile kitchen concept

International fast-food brand Jollibee and delivery platform DoorDash are debuting a new mobile kitchen in Hamilton, Ont. on Thursday, September 2. A press release says the concept will go beyond the typical ghost kitchen archetype and will serve as a travelling kitchen. The aim is to allow Jollibee to expand its presence in both existing […]

Wendy’s to open 700 ghost kitchens in Canada and beyond

Wendy’s is opening 700 delivery kitchens over the next five years in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, according to a press release. The expansion of the chain’s partnership with Reef Technology, which was originally a pilot of eight units in Canada, will see about 50 kitchens go live this year. The rest will […]

Canadian food truck manufacturer tries its hand at ghost kitchens

By Richard Dal Monte A busy Canadian manufacturer of food trucks and mobile kitchens is partnering with an American company that has extensive urban land holdings for an innovative project aimed at supporting bricks-and-mortar restaurants and serving their customers. Apollo Custom Manufacturing Ltd. of Surrey, B.C. has signed a deal with Florida-based Reef Technology Inc. […]

Square software now available in Canada as a standalone

Square KDS has launched as a standalone subscription in Canada and beyond, making the kitchen display software available to all restaurant sellers — including those that don’t require taking orders on a POS or advanced functionality and simply need a KDS to manage and fulfil orders from online ordering and delivery partners.  Square first announced […]

Quiznos parent REGO signs 100-unit deal with Ghost Kitchen Brands

REGO Restaurant Group, the parent of Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, has extended its partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands to better serve its delivery and take-out customers. The agreement will see 70 non-traditional locations launched in the U.S. and 30 in Canada by the end of 2021. Many of these locations are set to be […]

Wendy’s looks to expand Canadian and digital presence

Wendy’s plans to expand its global footprint to 8,000 restaurants by 2025 include focusing on Canadian and digital expansion. Chief Development Officer Abigail Pringle said the restaurant chain is focusing on driving growth through nontraditional locations. Some 30 per cent of the roughly 1,200 new locations will be nontraditional units, including ghost kitchens, delivery-only locations, fuel, […]

Saladworks to open 30 ghost kitchens in Canada in 2021

U.S. made-to-order restaurant Saladworks is set to open 30 “non-traditional” locations in Canada by the end of 2021 in partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands. Saladworks, which serves entrée salads, wraps, soups, and sandwiches, is doubling its footprint across the United States and Canada with the deal, which will also see 60 new U.S. locations open. Many of these new […]

Creating a new at-home culinary experience

In a time when ghost kitchens and meal kits are in vogue, Toronto’s Lavish focuses on unique quality. By Tom Nightingale For much of the last 12 months, eating at home has been the new dining out. The stark reality is that the physical dining experience as we knew it pre-COVID-19 may not be back […]

Ghost kitchens begin to arrive in Canadian big-box stores

The hot restaurant concept of ghost kitchens are spreading like wildfire. By Tom Nightingale It’s well-established by this stage that ghost kitchens are the new hot concept born out of — or at least accelerated by — the COVID-19 pandemic. The first ghost kitchen appeared in New York in 2013. It was already growing steadily […]