Kitchen United Names Newest Markets for Expansion

by Katie Lee

Pasadena, Calif. — Kitchen United, the GV-backed startup creating a new way for restaurant brands to expand via off-premise optimized kitchen centers, has signed lease agreements bringing new locations to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a second location to Chicago in the Fulton Market District. The off-premise kitchen concept currently has locations in Pasadena, Calif., and Chicago’s River North neighborhood; new kitchen centers are scheduled to open this year in Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Austin, Texas; and Scottsdale, Ariz.

“The popularity of off-premise consumption in the restaurant industry — through both third-party delivery and pickup — has quickly evolved from something that’s exciting and interesting to talk about, to something that is an absolute must for many restaurants across the country,”  says Massimo Noja De Marco, chief culinary officer and founder of Kitchen United. “The opportunity to improve the customer experience by providing food for consumption outside the four walls of the restaurant space is undeniable. We are thrilled to bring our kitchen centers to San Francisco and Los Angeles and to expand into a new neighborhood in Chicago, providing a turnkey solution for growing brands in each market.”

Each of the newest locations is in the process of accepting restaurant partners. The first kitchen center in San Francisco is located at Kilroy’s new 100 Hooper Street development, on the ground floor of Adobe’s San Francisco offices. This location will have retail and outdoor seating in a neighborhood where there are few other food options available. It also provides easy access downtown for delivery providers. The Los Angeles kitchen center is located at 52 W. Pico Blvd. with access to downtown L.A.’s dense residential and corporate city center. The newest Chicago kitchen center is located in Fulton Market at 201 N. Elizabeth St., where it is surrounded by new residential development and a strong Millennial and Gen Z population.

Kitchen United’s commercial kitchen spaces provide restaurant operators the ability to increase revenue by expanding their off-premise delivery, pickup and catering business, as well as enter new markets without the expensive buildout of a new restaurant. The company provides its restaurant partners with consumer and operational insights, allowing concepts to tailor their business to best meet local demand, improve efficiency and drive revenue growth. The company is expanding across the U.S. to other major metropolitan areas with plans to end the year with 15 kitchen centers open, each housing between 10 and 15 restaurant brands.

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