This is what it feels like inside one of the secret places. The former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc. has been quietly creating a mini-real estate empire for the past two years, acquiring closed restaurants, body shops and warehouses for use in his new ghost kitchen company. Ghost kitchens helped traditional restaurants recover their losses and minimize employee layoffs by allowing them to prepare food for several brands and stay in business.
Now that things in the world of gastronomy are a little more stable, it is increasingly clear that ghost kitchens are a terrible addition to the restaurant scene. During the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many independent restaurateurs relied on delivery platforms and ghost kitchens to keep their businesses afloat. Ghost kitchens and the food delivery possibilities they offer are key factors in the continued success of many restaurants.