New York politicians are becoming concerned at the fast rise of ‘ghost kitchens’ in the city and the harm they may be doing to the traditional restaurant, the New York Post has reported.
The New York City Council has planned an oversight hearing for February 6, scrutinizing the explosion of ‘ghost kitchens’, commercial kitchens that cook for delivery only.
This lack of a storefront means that the kitchens can be situated in less costly real-estate, which may be undercutting restaurants in popular areas.
The Post reported in October that many formerly traditional restaurants were resorting to the format to combat rising property prices.
Councilman Mark Gjonaj commented to the Post: “We have to look at the needs of the city and how we prevent small businesses from closing.
“The hearing will focus on the impact [these kitchens] have on the entire restaurant industry and how they work. We want to get ahead of this to shape the industry fairly.”
In California, meanwhile, an LA company, Virtual Restaurant Consulting, created an online course last year for those concerned about the rise of ‘ghost kitchens’ and also those wanting to open one. Read more below: