India has undergone a technological transformation. This is abundantly evident in the F&B industry: the rise of online food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato has made food delivery more accessible and convenient than ever before. Customers are opting to order food online rather than heading to a dine-in restaurant to the extent that, by 2025, the food delivery industry in India will exceed a US$12.7 Billion valuation.
For many businesses, the rise of online food delivery is an opportunity to expand and grow their business. Partnering with some of these online food delivery businesses can give you access to a new pool of previously untapped customers – but there’s a catch: running a fully-fledged food delivery business isn’t exactly the same as running a dine-in restaurant. Each has different needs, making it difficult to balance both.
Cloud kitchens offer a pragmatic solution to this problem, though. They offer restaurant brands the opportunity to open new locations at an affordable price, run them with the utmost efficiency, and drive growth previously unimaginable. Many restaurant owners have heard of the idea. If you’re one of them who is considering adopting them as a solution to outlast the pandemic and come out the other end stronger than before, you’ll need to know the basics. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about cloud kitchens:
What are cloud kitchens?
Cloud kitchens (also known as ghost, virtual, or dark kitchens) are effectively a restaurant kitchen that is solely delivery focused. This means that instead of serving physical dine-in orders, it only serves delivery orders. This is done via the use of online delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato. Located within the delivery radius of a large volume of consumers, you can increase your customer base whilst not being physically situated in the central business district where rent is often unaffordable. This improves the overall logistic operability of the kitchen.
How does a cloud kitchen make its money?
The cloud kitchen model is oriented towards improving efficiency. They are able to significantly cut down how much you spend through having a smaller team, lower overheads, and streamlined processes. Combined with access to a new pool of customers, this means that restaurants running cloud kitchens can widen their profit margins and make more money – all without the risk typically associated with opening a new restaurant.
Cloud kitchens can also be used for more than one brand. This can come in handy when it comes to sharing expensive equipment and streamlining operations so that your kitchen space is never left unused.
How expensive is a cloud kitchen?
Cloud kitchens are comparatively cheap in contrast to their traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant counterparts. With reduced upfront, ongoing, and overhead costs, cloud kitchens are a highly sought after, affordable solution for restaurant businesses of all sizes. Opening a cloud kitchen in India can be done with ₹5-10 lakhs or less, while traditional restaurants can cost anywhere upwards of ₹1.5-2.5 Crore.
Where are our cloud kitchens in India?
KitchenPlus is India’s premier cloud kitchen provider. With locations across the country, you have the capability to help your business reach large volumes of customers quickly and conveniently. Some of the locations we operate in include:
- Deli (NCR): Udyog Vihar, Rajouri Garden, Noida, Sector 4, GTB Nagar
- Mumbai: Powai
- Bangalore: Whitefield
What facilities and equipment do we provide?
Our kitchens are designed and equipped with the latest technology, state of the art equipment, and facilities. Regardless of your cuisine, cooking style, or demand, our kitchens are generously outfitted to fit your needs. Bring whatever you have on hand, and our professional team will help you mix and match to create a kitchen highly optimised for your needs.
Some of the equipment that we provide includes:
- 3 Compartment sink
- Prep sink
- Hand sink
- Commercial hood
- Treated fresh air
- Power and gas
- Water heating
- Cold and freezer storage / Chiller and freezer
- Dry storage / Dry rack
On top of this, tenants gain access to all the facilities needed to successfully run a food delivery business:
- Rider waiting area
- Staff locker area
- Stock receiving and loading areas
- Shared prep area
- Shared storage areas
- Staff pantry
- Pot was with RO water
We’ll also offer a range of services including:
- 24 Hours security
- Order pickup and processing
- 100% Power backup
- Ride hand-off
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Pest control
- Delivery logistics
- Extraction and ventilation
- On-site support staff
- Preferred vendor relationships dor discounts and other benefits