Another food delivery service plans to join UberEats, Zifty, Postmates, and GrubHub in Atlanta. California-based Kitchen United is setting up a shared commercial kitchen center for up to 15 restaurants to open this spring on Menlo Drive in Westside. The fully-equipped kitchens provide locally-based restaurants the opportunity to expand their delivery offerings without disrupting their on-site dining kitchens.
The company has yet to confirm which Atlanta restaurants are in consideration for the kitchens or if they are courting any of Atlanta’s pop-up chefs or supper clubs, saying they’re “in process of filling the space with top national and local restaurant brands.”
“Kitchen United works with restaurant brands of all sizes, from national, regional to local. Every city has its local favorites, and we actively look for opportunities to help them grow their brand within the city and expand regionally,” a representative for the company tells Eater Atlanta.
As for how the service works, Kitchen United-Atlanta lists restaurants available for delivery on their website. Customers order food, and restaurants cook the food at the kitchen center. Kitchen United then works in tandem with services such as Postmates and GrubHub to deliver orders.
Kitchen United chose the 15,000-square-foot facility, located off of Huff Road, due to its proximity to Georgia Tech, “high growth” in the area, and access to side streets that allow delivery drivers the ability to avoid taking the highway, thus “reducing estimated delivery times.” Although, half the battle for drivers will be avoiding traffic along Huff and Howell Mill Roads, especially during rush hour.
The company is adding several more delivery-based kitchens throughout the country over the next year. The service is currently only available in Pasadena and the River North neighborhood of Chicago.
In other delivery-only news, three virtual restaurants — a meat-and-three called Fatbacks, burger restaurant Top Bun, and salad and grain bowl-focused Salad Hippie — plan to open in a shared kitchen space on Roswell Road, next door to Hammocks Trading Co. in Sandy Spring later this year.