Who's ready for some new flavors from Flavortown?
The well-known host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is putting his own food creativity out there through ghost kitchens!
Ghost kitchens operate out of other restaurants. It sounds strange but is a food phenom that has been growing in recent years. Many brands can increase their business this way by offering a greater diversity of foods. Pasqually's Pizza & Wings operates out of Chuck E. Cheese, while MrBeast gets its fame through a celebrity. Chefs wishing to expand their business also use ghost kitchens as a way to grow their audience instead of having to meet the financial needs of owning a physical location. A lot of these ghost kitchens work with apps, too, including Uber Eats and Door Dash, in exclusive partnerships that have certainly helped both parties keep afloat during the pandemic.
Guy Fieri, whose Flavortown Kitchen is currently in a total of 23 states and Washington, D.C., is already working out of different restaurants. His ghost kitchens are only delivery and manifest out of places like:
- Buca di Beppo
- Bro Italian Grille
- Brave Italian Kitchen
Fieri owns a small chain, Chicken Guy, with Robert Earl, the owner of Bertucci's and Buca di Beppo, all of which serve Italian food. Fieri's restaurants, however, serve mostly American food, including juicy burgers and fried pickles, along with his signature Donkey Sauce.
Opening Fieri's Flavortown is just another positive during his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, Fieri has raised money, at least $21.5 million for the National Restaurant Association, which allows restaurant workers the ability to apply for $500 grants. He has also helped feed firefighters in Northern California.
Although many have responded optimistically to Fieri's opening of Flavortowns, and the general growth of ghost kitchens, others don't believe it's as important as maintaining restaurant workers' safety during the pandemic. These employees are known to have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 when out in the public. Still, for countless employees, returning to work is their only way of keeping afloat financially during the pandemic.
Here are the states the Flavortown ghost kitchens exist in:
- Washington D.C.
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
Let us know in the comments.