COVID has forced closures of countless brick-and-mortar venues and put food service employees out of work. A growing trend might offer a bit of salvation: ghost kitchens.
This is a perfect niche for Indy-based ClusterTruck, a tech startup that has been providing delivery-only food service. Now, in collaboration with Kroger, it will be operating ghost kitchens inside the grocer’s stores. The first location recently opened in Fishers, IN. Another kitchen will be opening soon in Dublin, OH.
Kroger says the kitchens will occupy about 1,000 square feet of repurposed space, with on-demand online ordering available from a menu of more than 80 meals. It describes the ClusterTruck offerings as “food quality you can get at a sit-down restaurant with the personality of street food.”