Kitchens in the cloud
Disgraced former Uber CEO Chuck Kalanick is looking to launch US-based CloudKitchens in China. The company provides turnkey real estate, kitchen infrastructure, equipment and marketing nous to restaurateurs.
Kalanick has reportedly joined forces with Zhang Yanqi, the former COO at bike-sharing outfit Ofo (and a one-time Uber China exec), on the China project. The two are planning to acquire cheap properties for CloudKitchens to provide assembly line preparation at a low-cost for delivery-only food and drink start-ups.
One local rival would be Beijing’s Panda Selected which specialises in providing shared kitchen spaces to online businesses.