Local Kitchens, a digital grocery hall, has opened locations in Lafayette, San Jose, and Cupertino, California, and offers a mix of award-winning Bay Area restaurant brands for takeout and delivery under one roof, according to a press release.
Customers can prepare a bespoke meal from each restaurant partner that mixes and brings the cuisine together, from home cooking and meat selections to vegan and vegetarian options.
Local Kitchens is the brainchild of CEO Jon Goldsmith, COO Andrew Munday (former DoorDash colleagues) and CTO Jordan Bramble. and the entrepreneurs took the food hall idea to the next level with contactless ordering through their website or the in-store kiosk.
“When COVID forced the world to seek shelter, we wanted to find a way to help San Francisco restaurateurs reach their customers who no longer commute to the city,” Goldsmith said in the press release. “We have partnered with great restaurants in San Francisco to help them expand into new cities and thrive in and post-pandemic times.”
Each location has eight to ten restaurants curated by Local Kitchens to reflect the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area cuisine and the people in their communities. Current restaurant partners include Curry Up Now (Indian street food), Glaze (teriyaki grill), Humphry Slocombe (ice cream), The Little Chihuahua (sustainable Mexican), MIXT (gourmet salads), Proposition Chicken (chicken sandwiches, salads and starters )), Saucy Asian (made-to-order mashups with Korean, Latin American, and Californian flavors), Señor Sisig (Filipino street food), and Wise Sons (breakfast, brunch, and deli-style lunch).
“Curry Up Now is excited to accelerate our expansion plans with local cuisines and bring our food to more communities in the Bay Area. Cupertino is one of our most sought-after cities to open a location. We are very excited about this reopening,” said Curry Up Now founder and CEO Akash Kapoor said in the press release.
Personal visitors use a touchscreen kiosk to browse the menu and order food with a few taps before paying with a credit card reader. Within a few minutes, customers will receive an SMS notification when their order is ready.
Unlike a ghost kitchen, a warehouse dedicated solely to preparing meals for delivery, each Local Kitchens location has a store front and a special take-away customer experience with staff from the local communities. All menu items are prepared on site by the local chefs who have been trained by their restaurant partners.
“Our people work closely with the local kitchen team to ensure that our offerings run perfectly,” said Ari Feingold, owner of Proposition Chicken, in the press release. “Quality and consistency are our top priorities, and Local Kitchens seamlessly fulfills both aspects.”
The local kitchens are open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in San Jose (1721 Rogers Ave.). The Lafayette (3455 Mt. Diablo Blvd.) is open Sunday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cupertino (21666 Stevens Creek Blvd.) is open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.