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Dark kitchen cloud kitchen ghost kitchen

A dark kitchen is a food production unit built exclusively for, and optimised for, food delivery. There is no dine-in area. Although some dark kitchen operators, albeit very few, operate a hybrid model where they also offer takeaway meals directly to customers, the vast majority only receive drivers from the various delivery platforms.

Dark kitchens are also called ghost kitchens and cloud kitchens.

Learn more about the different cloud kitchen business models.

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