‘Ghost kitchens’ and ‘virtual food halls’ might be the next frontier in Twin Cities dining

Sandwiches had been on Carrie McCabe-Johnston’s mind for two years.

Ever since a family vacation to Florence, Italy, where labyrinth stone streets teem with purveyors of freshly baked bread stuffed with salami or roasted porchetta, she’d been thinking about opening a Florence-style sandwich shop back home.

The founder and chef of Bonafide Hospitality, which includes Nightingale in Minneapolis, McCabe-Johnston was searching for a place for the shop last fall, but put the idea on hold when she didn’t find the right fit.

Then came COVID-19, and as her other dining rooms and bars temporarily closed to customers, sandwiches came to mind once again. Only this time, finding a space wasn’t necessary.

McCabe-Johnston launched Lake City Sandwiches last month as an evening-only, delivery-only business operating out of Nightingale’s kitchen. “It’s our little ghost kitchen,” she said. “Complete with its own branding.”

By starting a new restaurant within a restaurant, albeit one without seats and servers, McCabe-Johnston has latched on to a rising trend of using pre-existing businesses to house new takeout ventures.

With virtual happy hours and virtual meetings now the norm, it was only a matter of time before virtual restaurants took off, too. Call them ghost kitchens, cloud kitchens or dark kitchens — basically any kitchen that’s already in motion can be leveraged to power more than one food business. Especially an underused kitchen, as the coronavirus keeps would-be customers home.

In the Twin Cities, some restaurateurs are going virtual as a way of branching into different cuisines, testing future brick-and-mortar ideas, or just keeping the lights on during a tumultuous year.

“The whole point of us doing it right now is for an additional stream of revenue,” McCabe-Johnston said. “Lake City Sandwiches is going to help what could be a tough winter for Nightingale.”

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Gardens McDonald’s reopens dining room after $450,000 renovation

Jodie Wagner
| Palm Beach Post

PALM BEACH GARDENS — COVID-conscious and color-coordinated, the McDonald’s restaurant on Alternate A1A in the Promenade Shopping Plaza welcomed back customers to its newly renovated dining room last month.

Owner Ricky Wade, who operates 30 McDonald’s restaurants in Palm Beach and Martin counties, including a second Palm Beach Gardens location at 3805 Northlake Blvd., transformed the eatery at 9880 Alternate A1A from a traditional look into a contemporary one.

The $450,000 renovation includes a modernized dining room with locally inspired decor, remodeled counters, digital menu boards, new furniture, privacy seating, curbside and in-store pickup through mobile order and pay, and remodeled bathrooms.

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“The new look is much more relevant to millennials and those ages 18-to-36,” said Wade, who has remodeled all but one of his McDonald’s restaurants. Work on the last location, at 181 N. U.S. 1 in Jupiter, is expected to begin later this month. “Our seniors also love it. It’s calmer.”

Construction began in June and was complete in late August, Wade said. The dining room, which was closed in mid-March amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, remained shuttered during construction. The drive-thru stayed open.

Wade is taking significant steps to keep customers and employees safe as the virus continues to circulate.

The restaurant is sanitized and disinfected every 30 minutes, Wade said. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the restaurant for customers’ convenience.

Partitions separate employees from customers and from each other. Tables that are available for use are staggered throughout the restaurant, and customers can place their orders through mobile pay.

The self-service beverage station has been removed for now, and masks are required in the restaurant unless when

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Remodelling A Kitchen And Dining Room

Bathroom transforming is without doubt one of the greatest ways of getting ready a house for sale. In case you are thinking of doing a kitchen makeover to improve the look and performance of your kitchen to ensure that your kitchen will last for a very long time it doesn’t essentially implies that it’s important to spend an infinite sum of money. As you may see, between the ornamental gadgets which can be available on the market and theme associated concepts for handcrafted objects, the probabilities are endless for making a “Lighthouse” kitchen that is actually your personal.

Most kitchen reworking takes place principally to make the kitchen easier to work and move around in. Normally most kitchen remodeling initiatives end up turning into extra luxurious as soon as individuals begin occupied with altering their kitchen, they may as nicely make it look a bit nicer and extra updated as effectively.

Having blocked off the old again door we made use of the previous dead space at the finish of the kitchen by putting up a stud-wall which we then used for kitchen wall and base units; and the world behind the stud wall was then utilised to create a fairly helpful little cloakroom, with the adjoining living room.

There’s a lot you are able to do to provide to your kitchen a brand new look and feel: kitchen cabinets, sinks, taps, exhaust fans and tiles can be changed or repaired; kitchen islands may be added or modified; curtains, lighting, backsplash, counter tops, furnishings and so forth could be redesigned and rearranged for the brand new look.

A great place to begin is with cabinets, and space for storing. Among the best and best to make use of kitchen and bathroom design software is Room Sketcher. We will not paint …

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Dining Nook Set – A Few Creative Ideas to Decorate it With the Rest of Your Kitchen

The dining nook set is known to be the one of the most utilized rooms in every home. This is for the fact that most of the people inside every home gather up and you want to of course let it have an appeal that would reflect your personality. And there are lots of decorating ideas that you can do to make it look better all the time.

The centerpiece of the whole set, plus the chairs and table are the primary things you should consider to create that perfect look. You can be able to make a huge decorating statement with just properly selecting your dining nook set.

This means that if you select a dining nook set that is made up of wooden tables and benches, then you are opting for a country styled home. If you choose the aluminum material or glass types, then you surely want a modern look for a home. Whatever type of furniture you settle for, it is important that it will match the rest of the look of your kitchen, in terms of your appliances and cabinets.

Along with the materials, the color also plays a huge role to the decorating touches. Lots of dining nook set comes with backs of the chair painted in an interesting color. The right color choice can really bring some subtlety in your countertops and other kitchen sections. There are even some kitchens that have tables made up of tile borders or a few painted designs which go through lamination to add extra colors to the room.

If you are the type who does not like the idea of tiles and stencils, then you have the option to leave your furniture items alone and just dress things up by adding placemats or cushions. This is perfect …

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Planning Information For The Kitchen Design And Dining Room Of Your New House

Are you on the lookout for simple lavatory ideas that may make a giant difference in terms of appearance? One different trick that can be utilized in your rest room design is the usage of glass doorways. The master toilet can have the works like a shower tub or a Jacuzzi, situation to area being out there. I wanted to go to the toilet, would find a toilet with a ton of bogs however every time, the bathroom would be overflowing with feces and used rest room paper, always looking like they hadn’t been cleaned in years.

The flooring of the bathroom is also essential and must look good and interesting. The sanitary becoming like the bathrooms, sinks can also be coloration coordinated to make the bathrooms look extra vibrant. Many patrons will overlook home enhancements that may be needed in other rooms, but having updated bathrooms and a contemporary kitchen is essential if you end up trying to get consumers to agree to the asking worth in your home.

One of many bogs was clear as a pin whereas the other one was like a pig sty. Many carpenters body walls ( and floors and roofs ) as in the event that they were still using these old materials and confer with their methodology as the precise way or called quality framing.

Future bathroom designs will incorporate functionality with health and lifestyle facilities which implies the room is not going to solely perform as a place to wash and use the toilet, it can also keep a tab on your well being, give you life-style suggestions, and encourage you in methods that will make you approach every day with enthusiasm.

For those who favor a corner bathtub with whirlpool jets, massage pillow, coloured lights, and stereo, count on to …

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