Ghost kitchen and Grub Hub/Door Dash??

Joined Jan 22, 2018
Good day everyone,

I'm in the works of starting a small scale (side business, im a full time chef) ghost kitchen out of a commissary kitchen and I have been doing my research and see alot of them use third party delivery services. My question is how are these ghost kitchens even remotely profitable? Door dash takes a whopping 20-30%!!!! I know of a few who just blast their menus on social media and people purchase from their site, but how are these businesses doing this with third party?


Chef Mike
Joined Oct 10, 2005
Doordash and skip the dishes will take 30 to even 35% of the bill, they are nothing more than leaches sucking a body dry, when that body is too weak or sick, they desert and find a new host.

Last night I was at a local pizza joint, while one or two tables were occupied 90% of his business was takeaway. Because most delivery systems like Doordash won't let you separate the delivery charge from the food, this pizza joint was offering a 30% discount for self pick up or dine in, no charge for taxi pick up, and " regular charge" which would be a 30% markup for delivery systems. He had one staff full time at the pick up window and another one on the phone/computer. Most of his customers " got it" pretty quick, and it looked like about a 3-1 ratio of self pick up to delivery systems last night.
Joined Dec 23, 2004
I suppose a 'ghost kitchen' that does delivery themselves could make good money in the pandemic. I'm dubious if the trend will hold up once we get a few good vaccines and things begin to return to normal. Yeah, some of the talking heads are painting it as a permanent trend but people go out to see and be seen, for entertainment as much as for the food (maybe more). Nearly every element of the chef's art collapses when stuffed into a styrofoam box. Probably stuff like burgers, noodles and pizza will continue to be packaged and puttered around town but eventually real food will go back to being a dine-in deal.
Joined Jan 17, 2015
It's the same here in UK, I wanted to do some take away through available platforms( diliveroo, just eat & uber eats) but there was signing fee and then 30% - 35% commission. It didn't make financial sence for me to do it as I would get to keep only 5% of every item sold.
Joined Oct 10, 2005
oooh... signing fee? Thats a new one how much eas that? Whats next, penalty fee when this whole thing is over?
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