The cost-effective way to open Austin's next hit food spot

In recent years, Austin has solidified its position as a foodie paradise. Now that commercial kitchens are readily available, it’s a wonderland for chefs and restaurateurs, too. CloudKitchens makes it easy to open a ghost kitchen, allowing you to start delivering to hungry customers in just weeks.

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Why commercial kitchens in Austin?

When it comes to food, Austin, Texas has it all: BBQ, ramen, Tex-Mex, farm-to-table fine dining—you name it. The only thing that’s missing? Your new food concept.

01

Turn-key

solution

Open a commercial kitchen in as little as 6 weeks with less capital, and leverage our proven model for delivery.

02

A team to

support you

We handle the logistics and fulfillment to make sure your orders are delivered with more accuracy, in less time.

03

New customers at

your fingertips

Our commercial kitchens are located in densely populated areas with the highest volumes of delivery orders, so you can reach more customers online.

04

Manage orders on

one tablet

Streamline your virtual restaurant's online ordering and delivery platform orders from one single tablet. Our technology integrates all your delivery apps in one place, allowing you to focus on the food.

05

Build multiple food

concepts

Maximize your order volume by running multiple brands and cuisines out of a single commercial kitchen.

06

Lower costs, higher

profits

When your labor, real estate costs, overhead, and cost of goods go down, your profits go up.


Commercial kitchens built for delivery

Commercial Kitchens in Austin

But before you start looking for a building to buy or lease in Austin TX, think about it: Do you need a full-on restaurant space? If you want to tap into the expanding food delivery market, the answer is a resounding “no.” Instead, what you need is a commercial kitchen in Austin.

With ample tools and tech to start slinging delicious meals (and none of the distractions or budgetary burdens), a CloudKitchen allows you to grow your food business without the growing pains.

And while Texas may be the Lone Star State, you don’t have to go it alone. As a food entrepreneur in the competitive culinary landscape, our support staff is here to help you navigate licenses and red tape. Meanwhile, our on-site team can tackle the less-than-fun parts of running a food delivery business, like cleaning the kitchen and taking out the trash.

It’s those little—and not so little—things that make working with CloudKitchens a no-brainer.

Commercial kitchens versus traditional restaurants

Real estate

Brick & mortar

2000ft2

High cost, high traffic address

Ghost Kitchens

200ft2

Same area, low cost low traffic address

Staff required (~)

Brick & mortar

24

Many dedicated to front-of-house

Ghost Kitchens

4

We provide staff to handle all order handoffs and more

Weeks to launch 1 location

Brick & mortar

52w

10 locations 5-10 years

Ghost Kitchens

6w

Multiple locations 1 year

Upfront investment

Brick & mortar

$1M

High investment

Ghost Kitchens

$30k*

Low investment

Break even

Brick & mortar

5y

10% profit on 1M run rate

Ghost Kitchens

6m

10% profit on 1M run rate

Kitchen Specs

All you need and more under the hood

We offer kitchens for modern-day chefs and help get you set up with specialized equipment and minimal fuss.

Space

  • Private kitchen
  • Driver pickup area
  • Staff locker area
  • Restrooms
  • Mop wash
  • Cold & freezer storage
  • Dry storage

Services

  • Order pickup & processing*
  • Courier handoff
  • Cleaning & maintenance
  • Safety & health inspections
  • Delivery logistics
  • Extraction & ventilation
  • On-site support staff
  • Delivery software
  • *Level of service dependent on facility


Equipment

  • 3 compartment sink
  • Prep sink
  • Hand sink
  • Commercial hood
  • Tablet
  • Grease-trap/interceptor

Utilities

  • Gas points
  • Power outlets
  • High power lighting
  • Cold & hot water lines
  • Gas/fire safety system
  • WiFi
  • Trash / recycle
  • Ethernet connections
  • Grease/trap cleaning
  • Hood/flue cleaning
  • Pest control

FAQ

Questions?We are here to help.

How much does it cost to start a food delivery business in Austin?

If you plan to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant and deliver food from there, you could be looking at more than $1 million to cover your lease, licenses, décor, staff wages, and a hundred other things.


How is a ghost kitchen different from a traditional restaurant?

Unlike a typical brick-and-mortar restaurant, a ghost kitchen has no waiting area, dining room, or bar. In fact, there’s no customer-facing section at all.

However, in terms of the kitchen space itself, there’s almost no difference. A commercial kitchen in Austin has the same essential equipment and utility hookups needed to run a fully operational kitchen. It's the ideal solution for food entrepreneurs, bakers, and culinary innovators in need of commercial kitchen equipment, without the hassle of a traditional restaurant space.


Are ghost kitchens popular in the Austin area?

Because ghost kitchens are “invisible” to the average diner, you wouldn’t know it by looking. But yes—ghost kitchens, as well as commissary kitchen spaces,  are becoming increasingly popular in Austin (and across the country). Why?

Virtual kitchens are exploding in popularity because they offer commercial kitchen equipment and easy access to the online food delivery industry, which has continued to expand after the pandemic.


Are commercial kitchens profitable?

Thanks to their comparatively low overhead, commercial kitchens have the potential to turn an incredible profit both for north Austin and south Austin locations. A commercial kitchen space’s profitability depends on several factors, like the location, branding, and operating systems at play.


How does a commercial kitchen help your existing restaurant grow?

Operating a commercial kitchen concept and business model allows restaurant owners to serve a wider clientele while minimizing overhead. Restaurant equipment is readily available within a shared kitchen. Commercial kitchens also give you the flexibility to try out new menus or even new restaurants, all within one commercial kitchen space.


How much do commercial kitchens cost?

The cost of opening and operating a commercial kitchen in Austin will vary. When you work with CloudKitchens, you can get your ghost kitchen up and running with an investment as low as $30k (compared to the average $1 million for a brick-and-mortar, traditional restaurant).


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