Are there ghost kitchens in Arkansas?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Food delivery has been on the rise over the last few years, and the demand has only grown since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Eater.

When it comes time to open your favorite delivery app, there may be restaurants you don’t recognize and they may not even be real restaurants. They could be from a ghost kitchen.

Ghost kitchens are delivery-only options based inside another restaurant’s kitchen and in some cases, that restaurant you ordered from could be chefs cooking for multiple other restaurants.

Some restaurants may look like small businesses, when in reality it’s a big name restaurant chain. In Dec. 2023, CNN reported this was an issue for some customers who wanted to complain about an order.

“Some customers felt ‘fooled’ and ‘catfished’ when they learned that they ordered from what they thought was a small restaurant that instead turned out to be a big chain using ghost kitchen techniques,” CNN’s Nathaniel Meyersohn said.

What’s the best way to know whether or not you are ordering from a ghost kitchen? Check the address of where the order is being placed.

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The Meltdown in Fort Smith on GrubHub’s website and The Burger Den on DoorDash share the same address with a Denny’s.

Tender Shack and It’s Just Wings in Rogers share addresses with Outback Steakhouse and Chili’s, respectively.

Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings on Uber Eats in Little Rock is a Chuck E Cheese.

MrBeast Burger in Conway on Uber Eats (a ghost kitchen of Youtuber Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast) shares an address with On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina.

As you can see, it’s common for a restaurant to serve multiple ghost kitchens or the unlikeliest menu items. Items at ghost kitchens can vary by location and the hubs of those locations can vary by city.

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