Get access to a Philadelphia commissary kitchen

Great eats aren’t hard to come by in Philadelphia, but the food delivery market is missing something—your new concept. With CloudKitchens, you can make your culinary mark on this bustling city from the comfort of your own commissary kitchen.

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Why commissary kitchens in Philadelphia?

Philly cheesesteaks, hoagies, tomato pie—Philadelphia has a long history of pioneering new culinary delights. But you don’t have to be a taste trailblazer to launch a successful food concept in the City of Brotherly Love. All you need is a professional kitchen space.

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.


Commissary kitchens in Philadelphia

Commissary kitchens in Philadelphia

At CloudKitchens, we do more than pair you with a low-cost commissary kitchen in Philadelphia—we also give you the tools and tips you need to build a thriving delivery business. Every CloudKitchen comes with a tablet loaded with proprietary software that helps you accept, manage, and fill orders from all the major delivery services. You’ll also find a dedicated cleanup and maintenance team in each of our buildings, so you’ll never have to worry about anything other than cooking.

When those non-cooking details do come up (such as permits, licenses, and inspections), you have our full support. With staff on call to help you navigate rules and regulations, we’re the best friend any new ghost kitchen can have.

HOW WE COMPARE

Commercial kitchens versus traditional restaurants

200
ft2

Real Estate

Pay only for the space you need, rather than for empty dining rooms and waiting areas.

~
4

Staff required

We provide all your support staff, and there’s no need for front-of-house labor, so you can work with a smaller team.

~
6

Weeks to launch

Our facilities are move-in ready and we can help you navigate the permitting process.

~
30
k

Investment

Avoid the $1 million+ startup cost on your own restaurant to start seeing profits faster.

~
6
months

Breakeven

With a ghost kitchen, you can break even in as little as 6 months with a 10% profit and $1M in annual sales.

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.

Are ghost kitchens popular in Philadelphia?

They sure are! Ghost kitchens were already becoming more prominent before the pandemic, but 2020 marked a turning point for the explosion of delivery-only concepts. Now, even with customers returning to restaurants, ghost kitchens are thriving thanks to their low overheads and fast startup times. You wouldn’t know it, but many of the top-rated delivery restaurants in Philadelphia actually operate out of virtual kitchens.


What is a ghost kitchen?

A ghost kitchen is an efficient, low-cost alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant. Things like dining rooms and waiting areas cost money and take up space, so ghost kitchens don’t have those. Instead, a ghost kitchen—also known as a dark or virtual kitchen—offers delivery and pick-up orders only. 

Because they lack the amenities of a full-on restaurant, ghost kitchens are quicker to open, cheaper to run, and simpler to manage.


How much does it cost to open a restaurant in Philadelphia?

Starting a restaurant in a major city like Philadelphia can easily cost $500K–$1M. No matter how budget-conscious you are, factors like real estate, renovations, furniture, and staff wages can quickly add up.

That’s why more and more chefs and restaurateurs are turning to commissary kitchens. Launching a delivery-only business from a commissary kitchen can cost as little as $30K, depending on location, equipment needs, and local fees.


Are commercial kitchens profitable?

Thanks to their comparatively low overhead, commercial kitchens have the potential to turn an incredible profit. A commercial kitchen’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. 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 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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