Hudson Valley is Home to One of the Most Advanced Ghost Kitchens
What are ghost kitchens? They are not kitchens that are haunted, but they have been around since the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world in February of 2020.
A ghost kitchen is a delivery-only restaurant. It has all the kitchen equipment and facilities needed to prepare restaurant meals without the actual physical restaurant. They are the new business model brought on by the demand for restaurant food delivery.
An article on lohud.com tells us that one of the most advanced ghost kitchen concepts called Fusion Food Hall is based in Peekskill, NY. The kitchen operates out of the Hudson Room and Eagle Saloon's combined facilities, which Sharp and Louis Lanza own.
Customers can order anything from their four restaurants, such as lo mein, tacos, and burgers to hot fried chicken and penne alla vodka. Lanza went on to say,
When people order take-out, they want value and variety and the kind of things I want to be able to order, my kids may want a burger, or mac and cheese, while I want to have something lighter, a taco-bowl, or sushi. For the customer, it's one order, one website.
According to eater.com, a market research firm estimated that delivery-only restaurants could be a $1 trillion business by 2030. Many ghost kitchens partner up with the most popular delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats.
Restaurant delivery sales have grown 300% faster than dine-in restaurants over the last five years. Some restaurants are beginning to develop their signature dishes available for delivery only.