The concept of a ghost or virtual restaurant has popped up in the Conshohocken area. If you aren’t familiar, a ghost kitchen is when an established restaurant creates a second brand and places the menu on food delivery apps. So while a restaurant might be known for one type of cuisine, a ghost kitchen gives a restaurant the opportunity to generate more revenue without having to open a second restaurant.
But won’t that harm the existing business? Restaurants can set parameters on how many orders they are willing to handle during different segments of a day via the delivery apps. They can also flip a switch to accept no orders. This way restaurants can keep their kitchens busy during off-peak hours and slow days.
The ghost kitchens we found operating in the Conshohocken area are:
The Captain’s Boil, which has a seafood menu, is really from the kitchen of Ruby Tuesday on Chemical Road in Plymouth Meeting. It is on Doordash.com.
Conshy Steaks & Hoagies is a ghost kitchen from Izenberg’s Deli in Conshohocken. It is on Doordash.
The Bop Shop serves Korean BBQ rice bowls out of PokeOno in Conshohocken. The recipes were created by the owner’s mother-in-law who hails from South Korea. It is on Doordash.com.
It’s Just Wings, which has a menu full of wings, is really a concept by the parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s Little Italy. It is not clear which restaurant in King of Prussia is acting as its kitchen. It is on DoorDash.com.
Photo: The Bop Shop