Curry and Reubens: Local Kitchens opens ‘digital dining rooms’ on the peninsula | Foodist of the peninsula | The foodist of the peninsula
By Sara Hayden
If you’ve ever craved curry, rubens, and ice cream all at once, you’re in luck: Local Kitchens allows you to buy all of the above and then some from different restaurants in one order. On Tuesday, November 30, the team opens a new Peninsula site in Palo Alto. A Mountain View location will follow in mid-December.
Led by DoorDash alumni, Local Kitchens promotes itself as a “digital food hall” or “micro food hall” focused on local food suppliers. At a Local Kitchens store or on its website, customers can order food from a variety of Bay Area restaurants for pickup or delivery, or to eat in.
“It’s a little different mix,” said co-founder and CEO Jon Goldsmith. “Our goal is to capture the diversity of the Bay Area dining scene. “
Participating restaurants vary by location. For example, Oren’s Hummus is available in Lafayette, but is not currently on the menu at Peninsula Local Kitchens stores (you will need to go directly to Oren for their legendary hummus instead). From the Palo Alto Local Kitchens store, the largest to date, customers will be able to order:
– Curry Up Now – Indian street food
– MIXT – gourmet salads
– Chicken proposal – sandwiches, salads and starters
– SAJJ – Mediterranean dishes
– Señor Sisig – Filipino street food
– The Melt – burgers and comfort food
– Humphry Slocombe – ice cream
– Rooster & Rice – Chicken and Thai rice
From the Mountain View site, in addition to MIXT, Proposition Chicken, Señor Sisig, The Melt, Wise Sons and Humphry Slocombe, customers will also be able to order Israeli street food in Sababa.
Investors are banking on Local Kitchens, which currently has offices in Lafayette, Cupertino and San Jose and plans to expand to Sacramento, Los Angeles and beyond. The startup raised $ 25 million in financing series A in June with the support of a venture capital firm General catalyst, which includes Airbnb, Instacart, Warby Parker and Deliveroo in its portfolio.
The presence of Local Kitchens in the peninsula isn’t entirely new: Proposition Chicken, which was founded in San Francisco, partnered with the team at Local Kitchens – then called the Local Food Group – to reach out to customers. of the peninsula a year ago when the startup was launched.
In the Local Food Group’s arrangement, Proposition Chicken’s dishes were prepared by staff at Shiok Singapore Kitchen in Menlo Park, and distributed from there via third-party delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats. At the time, Ari Feingold and Dennis Lim, the respective owners of the restaurants, were interested in a new model that could support their businesses.
Since then, the Local Food Group has evolved into Local Kitchens, with a slightly different model: in its current version, the dedicated staff of Local Kitchens prepare dishes for various on-site restaurants on the premises of Local Kitchens.
To fulfill delivery orders, Local Kitchens contracts with DoorDash, a company that has recently faced the heat of “Dashers,” the city of Chicago and others. This week, DoorDash agreed to pay $ 5.3 million to resolve allegations of prior benefit violations for San Francisco delivery personnel. Last year in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County leaders have been pushing for a cap on delivery charges.
The Local Kitchens team believe that convenience and choice will ultimately benefit customers, and they will also be able to help their partner restaurants with a revenue sharing agreement.
“We came up with a model that we hope will last for them,” Goldsmith said. “We were so excited to have the opportunity to help the restaurants.”
The grand opening of the Palo Alto Local Kitchens location at 369 California Ave. will take place at 11 a.m. on November 30. Participants can receive $ 10 off their lunch that day. To receive a meal voucher, email Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charlie Weidanz at [email protected]
Local kitchens // 369 California avenue, Palo Alto; 1711 W El Camino Real Suite B, mountain view.
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