Ghost Kitchens

In the delivery and ghost kitchen gold rush, Karpatia sells your pickaxe. Whether you are looking to mine delivery areas further afield or already staked a claim to a great location and are just  looking for the right equipment, we’ve got you covered. 

Karpatia has decades of experience producing kitchen containers to fit.

Launch or scale your business efficiently using our experience and quality products.  

Delivery-Only Kitchens

Pure Ghost Kitchen

Delivery is taking over the world by storm – growing double digits year over year. A trend fuelled by consumers and megaplatforms like Deliveroo and Grubhub. 

Whether you are new to the business or a seasoned restaurateur trying out a new concept, delivery-only provides a great way to test your idea. Several key benefits are:

  • Lower up front costs – from hundreds of thousands down to tens of thousands
  • Lower operating expenses – no front of house staff, fewer back of house
  • Lower rent – prime foot traffic costs prime rents, delivery can be from anywhere
  • Fewer strings attached – no multi year lease, no strangling contracts with brewers
  • Custom specs are easier – less spent on contractors, more money for equipment
 

All you need is our container, a location to put it down and the A-OK from the city. Then once that first platform order comes through you’re good to go. 

Try out concepts, areas, products and more for far lower costs. See if the next town over is as hot for your wings before committing to launching a sit-down, or just stick with delivery-only and scale at speeds unseen in food service.

USA delivery companies

Virtual Kitchens for Existing Restaurants

A growing consensus in the distinction of a Virtual Kitchen vs. a Dark or Ghost Kitchen is that Virtual Kitchens refer to delivery-and-takeaway units operated by restaurants that do also have an actual physical sit-down restaurant. 

Most of the advantages for you are identical to that of a Ghost Kitchen delivery-only concept – way lower costs, flexibility and super fast experimentation – but there’s a bit more in it for you:

  • You know you have customers and who they are, making placement in the right delivery zone easier
  • As a (local) brand, you will get more delivery traction faster as people recognize your restaurant name on the apps
  • Our container can double as an efficient low cost production- or storage unit for your other outlets 
  • You’ll have the upside of using delivery for warming up an area to launch a sit-down 
 
And don’t forget the concept of delivery combined with takeaway – after all, Domino’s has grown huge on the back of it.  Virtual kitchens are an awesome solution to be present in all of the relevant delivery zones of an app. Those zones are based on the time from restaurant to address and using virtual kitchens, you can extend delivery to those affluent or densely packed neighborhoods that are just out of reach at the moment. 

Big Players

Ghost Kitchen Startups

Delivery through Ghost Kitchens is an extremely challenging business model for startups. 

You have to nail and hit more than a few key value drivers out of the park to even stand a chance at being that winner-takes-all bet. From attracting customers with your digital only food and executing the operations to building and managing the network of locations. And that’s not even including the challenges all startups have like building a team and raising capital. 

The sourcing, equipment and layout of a kitchen should be an absolute afterthought and cause you the least of your worries so you can focus on that upside. We know production units like the back of our hand – let us know your brands and their food types and we’ll propose the perfect configuration, get it delivered on time and within budget. 

Switching up your concepts or having a revolving door of tenants will happen – restaurants fail to gain traction all the time. When it happens, you can count on us to change the floor plan and equipment as fast as necessary.

 

are you a ghost kitchen startup? We'll happily replace this stockies of stock images with your logo if you refer to this page or buy our kitchens.

Add Value to Real Estate Developments

As a developer or landlord you likely have some prime space allotted to restaurants. Are they still paying their rents post Covid-19? With one or more self contained kitchen containers on the property your pool of possible tenants and risk diversification increases significantly. 

Everyone in the delivery business is always looking for great locations. If you own or operate a mall, construction market or grocery chain it is very likely you are in a great spot to place a unit. 

Contact us today to discuss your options – and don’t wait! – we can and will refer tenants as well. 

Our standard configuration

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KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

Six gas burner stove

10 rack combisteamer oven

Stainless steel workstations with
undercounter refrigeration

Commercial double deepfryer 

120L/32 gallon brattpan

Flattop grill and fry

Clean/Grey/Black water sinks 

Industrial standing freezer

Industrial standing fridge

Gastronorm rack trolley

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Dimensions
L8600cm x W2795cm x H2700cm

Structure 
Welded steel, EN1090-2 certified CE Corrosion Class C2-C4

Interior
PIR sandwich panels and galvanized steel sheets (grade 430, inox 304, 2b) with polyethylene anti humidity coat 

Floor
300kg/sqm load capacity
(0.43 PSI)
PVC anti slip lining

Insulation
Mineral wool

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Operating a delivery-and-takeaway unit optionally outside vinyl wrap, painting or large LED display ca. $5000/€4500

Comes with extractor hood and airconditioning EN ISO 16000-10

Gas and electric main connections ready

Water out to mains or separate tank

 

Why order with Karpatia?

Decades of Ghost Kitchen experience

While the terms “Ghost Kitchen”, “Virtual Kitchen” and “Dark Kitchen” are new, driven by the delivery only expansion boom and the succes of platforms such as Grubhub and Takeaway, fitting a fully equipped, operational and compliant restaurant quality kitchen into a 40ft shipping container or on the back of a trailer is not new for us at all. 

Neither is rapidly (re-)deploying, scaling and iterating them.

From fires to more cheerful reasons such as large scale public events and build sites without the necessary infrastructure nearby or temporary closures for renovation, we’ve used kitchen containers to produce both high class event catering units and fast food restaurants.

Is a GHOST KITCHEN RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on your location, volume and specific requirements an order can take months to under 24 hours. We realize this information is as such extremely unhelpful but really do need all the specifics of your situation to offer a reliable answer.

Yes. Ghost kitchens are entirely self contained units that can be fitted with all the equipment of a restaurant, from high-end combi steamer ovens to pizza walls and industrial deep fryers.

No, probably not. Your city will have zoning laws and other onerous limitations placed on entrepreneurship. You must check with the local council whether it is allowed before signing any rental agreements.

Yes, we will deliver it right up to your desired delivery location in under 72 hours after completion of the build. 

Yes, we ship to the USA. It is our biggest export market and we build up to any county and state code 100% guaranteed or money back. 

Containers go everywhere, but we might not have a local forwarder in your country (yet), in which case we will find one together with you. 

Many of our core customers are value oriented small business owners in emerging economies, just like us. But EU standards are EU standards – no matter the memberstate. For any meaningful export revenue, we must build to these standards. This ensures a quality level other manufacturers do not have to and can not match.

As such we have a network and knack for producing very high quality units for democratic prices. 
Now thanks to the magic of international shipping, you too can enjoy these prices. 

 

No, with Karpatia you get to make all the decisions. We just make the best price to value ghost kitchens there are – it’s up to you to find the locations to place them and your delivery partners. Other providers do tie you to a specific platform – we do not.

Yes, the containers are extremely modular and can be stacked in most jurisdictions without running into building codes and zoning issues. If you have more space available, they can also easily be joined together horizontally on a level plane. 

A standard container is 320 sqf / 30 sqm. You can order a smaller one or a High Cube (a 40ft container with a higher ceiling) as well should that better fit your needs, giving 2896 mm in stead of 2591 mm in ceiling height. This can be advantageous for airflow and temperature control in BBQ container units, although it is more commonly used if you are building a shipping container restaurant with in-house seating.  

No, Karpatia only makes the kitchen units. Although we can and will refer you if the option is available, you will in principle have to find a location on your own. 

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