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Posted by: Flin Apr 13 2018, 08:00 AM
Delivery apps opening 'dark kitchens' to create meals exclusively for online orders market
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Restaurants pumping out hundreds of meals without tables, chairs or waiters are a new development in the future of food.

So-called 'dark kitchens' are creating meals exclusively for the booming online delivery market.

One is operating off a laneway in inner-city Melbourne. It houses six restaurants, an ice-cream parlour and a bottle shop — in a space less than half the size of a tennis court.

Two of the restaurants have their home base in Footscray, across town. Two more normally exist in the nearby suburb of Richmond, just a few kilometres away.

The final two are virtual: they only exist through an app.

Levi Aron, the general manager of Deliveroo Australia, said data told exactly what customers wanted. The delivery company is now matching demand with supply.

"We're building kitchens around Australia, around the globe," he said.

"[We] use our data to find where those gaps are — whether that's a cuisine gap, a pricing gap — get a property and build kitchens fit for delivery."

Powered by apps on smartphones, delivery services racked up $1.5 billion worth of orders in Australian last year.

That appetite is set to more than double to $4.2 billion by 2025, according to a report from Morgan Stanley.

The kitchens are streamlined for delivery. The menus are shorter than the dine-in restaurant up the road, the food and containers are optimised so that menu items travel better.

The restaurants pay for staff and produce, but the space is provided for free by the app.

Deliveroo then takes a higher percentage of the meal costs — potentially up to 35 per cent. Normally it's between 20 and 30 per cent.

Not a bad idea if you live in the city where is is getting more dangerous to go out at night.
One negative thing is that you can't judge ahead of time if the place is any good by the number of customers being served.
Lots of room here for shady businesses.

Posted by: Alicia Apr 13 2018, 09:34 AM
Ingredients, cleanliness, health inspections etc would be my main worry.

Posted by: charka Apr 13 2018, 11:11 AM
Would not eat anywhere in sydney or even out Even rock melons not safe

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