Launching Ghost Kitchens Is What Restaurants Do to Stay Relevant

A commercial kitchen seen from the outside

Indoor dining is halted across most of the New Mexico state but also all over the USA. This is why many people have turned to food delivery services to help out local businesses. However, people should be aware of the so-called ghost kitchens. Here’s more information about that new approach.

A Local TV Report on Ghost Kitchens

Ryan Laughlin with the KOB 4 ordering pizza from ghost kitchens. KOB 4 is a television station licensed to Albuquerque, NM. One reporter wanted to dig out the ghost kitchens mystery and ordered through Door Dash Delivery for Pasqually’s Wings and Pizza, which was supposed to be an independent local restaurant. However, it turned out that the restaurant was a concept by CEC Entertainment, which the average person would know as Chuck E. Cheese.

Pasqually’s Wings and Pizza, however, is not an actual restaurant owned by the same chain. It’s practically a ghost kitchen – a separate entity making and serving food out of the kitchen of an existing restaurant.

The Door Dash Driver Didn’t Know Until She Took the Order

Ryan Laughlin, the reporter on-site who made the order asked the Door Dash driver if she knew that the food was coming from Chuck E. Cheese. She responded that she had no idea until she took the food from the restaurant.

The disclaimer revealing the true restaurant the pizza is being prepared in

While there’s a disclaimer at the very bottom of the Door Dash app pointing out that the food was prepared in Chuck E. Cheese, the reporter and delivery driver don’t believe many people are aware of it or pay attention.

“I think it’s a creative way of making money. I don’t necessarily think it’s deceptive, it’s just a little odd.”

Technically, there’s nothing illegal with ghost kitchens, but when people are trying to help smaller local businesses they should be careful and read all disclaimers when ordering food.

That being said, when ordering from ghost kitchens that are part of a bigger chain, people are still partially helping the locals as it’s a local driver that would deliver the food and it will be a local chef preparing it.

A New Agnes Restaurant and Cheese Shop Opens In Pasadena

A new Agnes is about to open in Pasadena on Green Street, between Crack Shack and Rocco’s. The new cheese shop and restaurant will place itself in the heart of the action and is owned by chef partners Vanessa Tilaka and Thomas Kalb. They focus on regional American cooking from the Midwest, California, and beyond, as well as on fine cheeses.

Vanessa Tilaka and Thomas Kalb Are Both the Owners and Chefs of the New Agnes

Vanessa Tilaka and Thomas Kalb The duo met in the Bay Area, at San Francisco’s Flour + Water, and have so far worked at restaurants like Bar Agricole, the Slanted Door Group, Al’s Place, and Octavia. Tilaka has also worked at M. Georgina and Cookbook. Now, at Agnes, she’ll put her cheese knowledge to direct use.

The Agnes Will Be Split Thematically In Terms of Style and Cuisine

The new Agnes will operate as a daytime-through dinner operation and will be split thematically but not physically. It will be both a market cafe and cheese store, with a large patio and a sit-down dinner in the back. The kitchen will offer seating across the space and have some sidewalk availability in the front. The Agnes will be a part of Pasadena’s new program for building open-air dining spaces for restaurants. The trend has now helped many small local businesses, especially from Old Pasadena, where the brick-lined streets are particularly welcoming for such businesses.

The throwback dining setup for the new Agnes.

Visitors can expect tasty salads, sandwiches, and daytime provisions, including wine to-go. Clients can get their orders from the space upfront. They can also get a more fully realized, sit-down menu with cocktails and heart-cooked dinner, from Tuesday to Saturday. Sundays will offer brunch options on the leafy, wide patio. The patio was part of the 1920s building when it was remade.

The new Agnes is expected to open sometime this summer and people who want to check out their tasty offers will be able to visit it. It certainly seems that many cheese & cuisine lovers are ready to try something new.