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Local Kitchens dreams of Californian growth as concept attracts investment

Local Kitchens

Local Kitchens, the digital food hall that brings together a mix of award-winning local restaurant brands under one roof for takeout and delivery, has landed $25m in Series A funding after a year of rapid growth.

The round was led by General Catalyst, with support from existing investors, Human Capital and Pear VC, and brings the total that the San Francisco-based company has raised to $28m.

New investors include Fifth Wall and Penny Jar Capital, an early-stage venture firm anchored by Stephen Curry.

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The investment will accelerate Local Kitchens’ expansion plans into new markets throughout California and beyond.

Launched in the summer of 2020, Local Kitchens’ digital food hall concept quickly gained a following from customers who valued the ability to mix-and-match restaurants in one order.

In less than nine months, the company has built a network of units throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and partnered with local restaurant partners eager to increase their reach and connect to new customers.

Local Kitchens was founded by former DoorDash employees Jon Goldsmith, Andrew Munday, and Jordan Bramble.

Goldsmith said: “Local Kitchens’ mission is to ensure that local restaurants – not just national brands – can thrive in the ‘new normal’. In the six months since our seed round, we’ve helped more than a dozen local restaurants add millions in new sales and connect with customers in new markets. This funding will help us accelerate our impact and help our restaurant partners scale across the country.”

Each Local Kitchens store features between eight and 10 restaurants curated to reflect the diversity of the local community and cuisine, and is available through a storefront with a streamlined takeout experience in addition to delivery.

All meals are cooked fresh to order with a unique licensing model, guaranteeing a consistent and high-quality experience for customers while enabling restaurant brands to expand in weeks with minimal capital investment.

Customers can order takeout or delivery online through LocalKitchens.com, or in-store using ordering kiosks.

Kyle Doherty, managing director at General Catalyst, said: “After an unprecedented 18 months, the restaurant industry is looking to expand business through a hybrid storefront + online model, while enabling a direct relationship with their customers via delivery platforms, pick-up or the restaurant location.

“Local Kitchens has developed a unique model that works for local restaurant owners, and we’re excited to support Jon and the Local Kitchens’ team as they scale and accelerate the industry’s transformation.”

MAIN IMAGE: Left to right: Jon Goldsmith (co-founder and CEO), Jordan Bramble (co-founder and CTO), Matthew Rudofker (Head of Culinary), Andrew Munday (co-founder and COO).

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