‘Dark Kitchens’ present an opportunity for the high-street, not a threat

With more and more of us turning to the likes of Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat when we are hungry, chefs and budding entrepreneurs have an opportunity to bypass the higher rents and overheads associated with serving customers directly and focus instead on their ability to make great food.

Those on the high-street might see this as a threat, with hungry consumers turning to their phone instead of going outside and sitting in somewhere. However, consider a café that is open during the day, bustling with breakfast and lunch trade but then turns the lights off and closes the doors in the evening. This is a golden opportunity for the café owner to start making money while they sleep – by turning their idle space into a dark kitchen.

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A delivery only food business can take up residency in the café in the evening, keeping the front-of-house empty of customers but busy with delivery riders coming in to make pickups. Motivated by having flexible access to the exact type of space they need, the delivery only business is incentivised to keep the space immaculate so that the next day, it’s business as usual for the café.

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This type of win/win is commonplace in the so-called sharing economy. Airbnb unlocked a hidden market in people’s spare rooms which could be slept in by weary travellers. At Occupyd we see the potential to apply this to workspaces to empower small businesses with new ways to make money and operate.

Have a look at some of the fantastic kitchens already being hired out on Occupyd