GREENSBORO, NC — If you recently ordered food delivery, it may not have come from a restaurant, but rather from what’s called a ghost kitchen.
Rose Melendez owns the Empanada Grill in Greensboro and is one of many companies working at a local ghost kitchen called The City Kitch.
Ghost kitchens are food preparation facilities that do not have an attached dining area. Businesses using them can serve food through takeout, delivery or food trucks. When Melendez rents workspace, she can access the kitchen’s wide variety of professional catering equipment.
She said these resources are changing the landscape of the food industry while helping small businesses get started.
“It gives you the flexibility to grow your business at your own pace and not have the added stress of a brick-and-mortar situation,” Melendez said.
Melendez said the decision to use a ghost kitchen was made during her research into owning a restaurant, and she sees the shared environment as one of the many benefits.
“We really feel like a community here so it’s even nicer to come in. Everyone is doing their own thing but yet we’re here together,” Melendez said.
Ghost kitchens are popping up across the country.
In addition to its Greensboro site, The City Kitch has two locations in Charlotte.
A separate ghost kitchen, Project Short Street, is coming to the Triad this year.