Kitchen United’s Growth Spurt Continues

Published : Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 5:48 AM

Kitchen United, the Pasadena-headquartered start-up that opened up a new way for restaurant brands to expand via off-premise optimized kitchen centers, has signed new agreements for kitchen centers in Austin, Texas and Scottsdale, Arizona.

The company said the locations are expected to open around the third quarter of 2019 as part of their national expansion plans, which includes opening 15 kitchen centers within the year.

“We are thrilled to announce our first location in Austin, a city that we believe is perfectly suited for Kitchen United given its evolution as a growing hub for young adults,” Meredith Sandland, Chief Operating Officer for Kitchen United, said. “With a growing number of restaurants, office space and housing, we are confident that the Austin market will provide our restaurant partners with ample opportunity to capitalize on the rising consumer demand for off-premise dining.”

The Austin kitchen center will be located at 8023 Burnet Road, in one of the most densely populated inner areas of the city and will support between 10 to 15 restaurant partners. The facility will be positioned on a major thoroughfare leading out of downtown and the University of Texas, allowing restaurant partners to introduce their concepts to a dense area of consumers who are actively seeking out takeout and delivery options.

The location is in a redeveloping area that has become popular among recent college graduates.

In Scottsdale, the kitchen center will be at 1727 E Shea Blvd., in a   plaza center with significant access and visibility for Kitchen United’s restaurant partners, as well as third-party delivery services and customers. The location is also in close proximity to several hotels, resorts and hospitals, providing opportunity for room service substitutes, the company said.

Kitchen United currently operates locations in Pasadena and Chicago, Illinois, with new lease agreements recently signed for kitchens in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbus, Ohio.

The company’s commercial kitchen spaces provide restaurant operators the ability to expand off-premise delivery, pickup and catering services, and enter new markets without having to build new restaurants when they expand.

Kitchen United also provides its restaurant partners with consumer and operational insights, allowing concepts to tailor their business to best meet local demand, improve efficiency and drive revenue growth.

“The four walls of a traditional restaurant were not built to handle the influx of off-premise orders from consumers who now expect this convenience from the brands they love,” Jim Collins, Kitchen United CEO, said. “There’s inherent disruption from delivery personnel trying to find where their order is, and take-out customers skipping ahead of a line of people waiting to dine-in. Our goal is to simplify this process for restaurant partners, so that they can enjoy the growth opportunity that optimizing your business for off-premise can bring. We’re looking forward to bringing Kitchen United to Austin and Scottsdale to help restaurants build their off-premise business through a more streamlined operation.”

By the end of 2019, the company expects to open 15 kitchen centers in markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver and New York City.

For additional information about Kitchen United, visit: www.kitchenunited.com.

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