When DoorDash opened the first DoorDash Kitchen in California back in 2019, we speculated when they’d be expanding their ghost kitchen business beyond their home state.
As it turns out, that answer is almost three years later as the company opens its first location on the east coast. The latest location will be in Brooklyn, where the delivery company will partner up with five restaurants to offer menus for the delivery and take-out location. The restaurant partners for what DoorDash is calling a “delivery-forward food hall” are DOMODOMO, Kings Co Imperial, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, moonbowls, and Little Caesars. DoorDash Kitchens will also offer Birch Coffee and Milk Bar items, two popular NYC-founded chains.
DoorDash’s facilities partner for its NYC food hall ghost kitchen is commercial kitchen-as-a-service startup Nimbus. Nimbus, founded by Camilla Opperman and Samantha Slager, has two (soon to be three) locations in NYC, including Brooklyn, where DoorDash will set up shop. Like many newer commercial kitchen concepts, the idea behind Nimbus was to create space to power virtual brands for delivery and curbside pickup. The new location also has event space, where DoorDash and their restaurant partners can hold community meetings, dinners, and panel conversations.
“DoorDash Kitchens in Downtown Brooklyn will not only bring new restaurants to the neighborhood but offer an exciting new gathering place and create good local jobs for the community,” said Regina Myer, President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership in the release. “We hope the neighborhood will join us in welcoming this innovative new space to Downtown Brooklyn.”
Brooklyn continues to gain stream as NYC’s center for innovative shared kitchen concepts. Last week Hungry House announced the opening of its Season 2, which included partnerships with ultra-fast grocery provider JOKR and popular Asian sauces and starters CPG brand Omsom.