Start cooking in your Charlotte ghost kitchen space

Kickstart your restaurant growth with your very own ghost kitchen in the heart of Charlotte delivery demand


Why open ghost kitchens in Charlotte?

Average basket size

The average basket size at our Charlotte ghost kitchen locations is $23.77, meaning more online revenue for your restaurant business.

Deliveries per week

Tap into more online delivery demand at our Charlotte dark kitchen locations with an average of 1,235 deliveries per week.

Average delivery time

Our Charlotte ghost kitchens are built for efficiency, with the logistics and delivery support you need to deliver more orders faster.

Delivery platforms available

Maximize your reach online with 6 delivery platforms to choose from.

Ghost kitchens versus traditional restaurants

Real estate

Brick & mortar


High cost, high traffic address

Ghost Kitchens


Same area, low cost low traffic address

Staff required (~)

Brick & mortar


Many dedicated to front-of-house

Ghost Kitchens


We provide staff to handle all order handoffs and more

Weeks to launch 1 location

Brick & mortar


10 locations 5-10 years

Ghost Kitchens


Multiple locations 1 year

Upfront investment

Brick & mortar


High investment

Ghost Kitchens


Low investment

Break even

Brick & mortar


10% profit on 1M run rate

Ghost Kitchens


10% profit on 1M run rate

* Varies based on local permitting and operational complexity

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.


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


  • 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


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


  • 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

Are ghost kitchens worth the investment?

The rise of ghost kitchens

The golden age of food delivery has arrived. And with that, comes 54M delivery app users and a market estimated to reach a net worth of $1.65T by 2027. Ghost kitchens are providing restaurateurs with a lower-risk alternative to a traditional brick and mortar by cutting labor costs and the overall upfront investment to get started.

With dedicated kitchen space built for delivery, these lower cost, tech-enabled locations set you and your restaurant up for delivery success, making it easy to get up and running in less time.

With over 8,000 ghost kitchen locations in the US alone, chances are there is a ghost kitchen in your neighborhood. At CloudKitchens, we find the best possible ghost kitchen location that captures the most delivery demand, at the lowest cost.

As more hungry customers turn to delivery for their next meal, it is becoming even more vital to have a delivery strategy in place for your restaurant business.

Unlock new trends emerging in food delivery, new AI tech to take advantage of, and how to tap into this booming industry with our latest trend guide.

Unlock the inside scoop on the rise of ghost kitchens.

Ghost kitchen facility

1 ghost kitchen location

Our Charlotte facility is located in the heart of delivery demand, providing you with exclusive access to more online customers.

Ghost kitchen

31 total ghost kitchens

Our Charlotte facilities are equipped with a variety of kitchen layouts to best fit your restaurant needs.

Ghost kitchen cooking space

~200 to 375 sq ft cooking spaces

Choose from a variety of kitchen spaces that best suit your needs, or open up multiple kitchens to test out new concepts.


Delivery and pickup in high traffic areas

With prime locations near high concentrations of delivery demand in Charlotte, you're able to easily drive more pickup and delivery business to your restaurant.

The Charlotte food scene

Spaghetti - ghost kitchen

Charlotte has always been a vibrant city, but it’s currently experiencing an exceptional cultural revival. From hip, artisanal cuisine in Plaza-Midwood to homey eats in historic Dilworth, Charlotte’s food scene is thriving. Add your unique flavor to Charlotte’s culinary tapestry—when you work with CloudKitchens you can start filling orders in a matter of weeks. 

Share the food you love to make with locals and tourists who are hungry for delivery by creating the commercial kitchen Charlotte needs today. Commercial kitchens, or ghost kitchens, are an innovative way to get cooking quickly—requiring a much lower initial investment than a traditional brick-and-mortar restaurant. Plus, you’ll have the power of a CloudKitchens onsite team to streamline logistics. We’ll handle order fulfillment, cleaning, and maintenance, and we’ll even provide a state-of-the-art integrated POS system—all you need to worry about is creating delicious cuisine.

Cook up favorites from your unique cultural heritage, fuse your favorite types of cuisine, or even run multiple brands from your ghost kitchen. Food delivery is already a 20 billion dollar industry in the US, and its value is projected to double over the next five years. Americans crave convenience—and Charlotte’s growing population is no exception. Join the commercial kitchen revolution and meet the demand head-on. CloudKitchens is ready to help you make it happen. 

Get in touch with our team to schedule a tour of a CloudKitchens ghost kitchen. Charlotte, NC, may just be the perfect place to launch your CloudKitchens dream. See just how far your culinary aspirations can take you when you combine Southern hospitality with CloudKitchens innovation.


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What is a ghost kitchen?

Ghost kitchens, also known as dark kitchens or virtual kitchens, are commercial kitchens built for food delivery. They’re located within the delivery radius of a high volume of online customers, rather than high foot traffic areas. With ghost kitchens, there’s no physical storefront or dining area, so you only need a few back-of-house staff members to fulfill online orders.

How does a ghost kitchen work?

In a ghost kitchen, your restaurant is focused on delivery rather than dine-in. When eaters order your food online, you’ll prepare it from your ghost kitchen, and hand it off to a fulfillment team to get the order over to the right delivery driver. This gives restaurateurs a low cost, high efficiency model to get the most out of delivery.

Are ghost kitchens profitable?

Yes, ghost kitchens can be profitable. Ghost kitchens allow restaurateurs to increase profitability by maintaining the essential elements of a restaurant while cutting costs on labor, overhead, and wasted food while reaching a higher volume of customers ordering online. Plus, you can run multiple virtual brands out of a single ghost kitchen to increase revenue without the extra overhead.

Why are ghost kitchens so popular?

Ghost kitchens are rising in popularity because they’re a lower cost alternative to operating a traditional restaurant. They’re also focused on delivery, which has grown 300% faster than dine-in since 2014. That means restaurateurs are using ghost kitchens to future-proof their business and accelerate growth.

How does a ghost kitchen help your restaurant grow?

Ghost kitchens help restaurateurs grow their business by doing delivery right. The way we dine has changed, and ghost kitchens allow restaurant operators to capture food delivery demand without sacrificing their bottom line. They’re also a great way to expand to new markets without spending time and money on a traditional restaurant buildout. You can easily expand your restaurant brand to different cities across the country such as Los Angeles or New York.

How much do ghost kitchens cost?

The cost of ghost kitchens varies by market, space, and services. Compared to a traditional restaurant, they’re a much lower cost alternative on both upfront capital and ongoing operating costs. You can get started in a ghost kitchen with as little as $30K, instead of $1M+ for brick and mortar buildout.

What are the requirements to set up a ghost kitchen in Charlotte?

In order to sell prepared food in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a ghost kitchen or otherwise, you'll need to get your paperwork in order and comply with local regulations. Before you open up shop, your kitchen space and facilities will also need to pass inspections from the health department and fire prevention bureau.

When you work with CloudKitchens, we'll help with logistics support so you can get back to doin what you love in the kitchen.

How much does it cost to start a ghost kitchen in Charlotte?

When you partner with CloudKitchens, you can start a Charlotte ghost kitchen for as little as $30k upfront. If you're a restaurant owner looking to pay less to open your delivery kitchen and start earning a profit faster, you may find the recipe for success with CloudKitchens.

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