How London's kitchens go dark
Former Uber head Travis Kalanick has acquired London-based dark kitchens outfit Foodstars. His US food delivery company, City Storage Systems, picked up the outfit as part of expansion plans for the UK.
Start-up Foodstars operates kitchen spaces in industrial locations across London, leasing them to restaurants selling food via apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
Foodstars, which runs around 100 dark kitchens, says the best places to set up London prep kitchens are, unsurprisingly, close to Tower Bridge, Westminster Bridge or Trafalgar Square. “Competition for share of the pocket will be heavy in these spots for obvious reasons but if you’re able to be in and amongst the magic you’ll be better placed to make the most of your opportunities.”
Most reports suggest this is Kalanick’s only venture outside the US with his operations, also known as cloud kitchens. However, as brand-e reported in February, he has hooked up with one-time Ofo COO Zhang Yanqi in China to provide assembly line preparation at a low-cost for delivery-only food and drink start-ups.