Start cooking in your Portland ghost kitchen

Bring your cooking to eager foodies across Portland with a delivery-only ghost kitchen.

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Why open ghost kitchens in Portland?

$30

Average basket size

The average basket size at our Portland ghost kitchen locations is $30, meaning more online revenue for your restaurant business.

3.3K

Deliveries per week

Tap into more online delivery demand at our Portland dark kitchen locations with an average of 3.3K deliveries per week.

39mins.

Average delivery time

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

5

Delivery platforms available

Maximize your reach online with 5 delivery platforms to choose from.

HOW WE COMPARE

Ghost 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.

* 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.

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


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

Ghost kitchen

26 total ghost kitchens

Our Portland facility is equipped with a variety of kitchen layouts to best fit your restaurant needs.

Ghost kitchen cooking space

~200 sq ft cooking spaces

Choose from a variety of kitchen spaces or open up multiple kitchens to test out new concepts.

Delivery

Delivery and pickup in high traffic areas

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


The Portland food scene

Spaghetti - ghost kitchen

Local restaurants used to be the only major outlet for talented chefs—not anymore. In Portland, ghost kitchens are an innovative option for today’s food delivery market. For less money, time, and stress, you can open a fully operational kitchen and serve menu items across the city via all their favorite delivery apps like Uber Eats and Postmates. 

Opening an independent restaurant typically costs a pretty penny and months of your time. But in a Portland ghost kitchen, you can start cooking with as little as $30K starting capital, in a matter of weeks instead of months. We make setup for a kitchen space as easy as possible, so restaurant owners can start seeing returns faster. 

You don’t have to wait for customers to walk through your doors anymore. We place each Portland commercial kitchen in a central location with high delivery volume, so you can send your menu items to more dinner tables. And with on-site support staff and order fulfillment, every delivery is sure to please its recipient.

CloudKitchens simplifies the food delivery business by including basic services like cleaning, maintenance, and utilities in your monthly payments. That means you don’t have to stress over budgeting, emergency expenses, and hiring contractors—the logistics are almost entirely taken care of for you. 

And to streamline delivery logistics, we provide each of our Portland kitchens with our proprietary technology. Our app integrates all online orders into a single platform, so you can easily manage every meal and update your menu as needed. You’ll also receive personalized data reports that help shape your business for peak success.

Leave behind your crowded sit-down restaurant or commissary kitchen. Portland cooks deserve a kitchen that supports their business, not hinders it. Explore our local kitchens today, and start your own ghost restaurant tomorrow. 

FAQ

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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 Portland?

When you set up a ghost kitchen, you’ll need about $30k in capital, four back of house staff members, and around six weeks to put in the work. While any food business requires some logistical legwork, we’ll help make sure that your Portland commercial kitchen complies with local regulations and is organized to fulfill your customers’ orders, fast. Compared to a traditional, brick-and-mortar restaurant, opening a ghost kitchen with CloudKitchens is easier, faster, and lower stress. 


Does CloudKitchens provide delivery drivers?

Delivery service drivers are employed by individual food delivery platforms, not by CloudKitchens. However, CloudKitchens will connect your business to those delivery app platforms, allowing you to process orders on a single tablet and facilitate smooth fulfillment. 


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