Sam Nazarian buys Kitchen United IP, forms new virtual brand platform

Dive Brief: Dive Insight: Everybody Eats is staking out ambitions comparable with the failed business forecasts of ghost kitchen pioneers. The press release states the platform will leverage “rapidly evolving customer preferences through use of technology, AI, use of retail space and the expansion into CPG, supermarkets, convenience, casual dining, education, hospitality, limited service hotels all within …

C3’s Sam Nazarian Talks Purchase of Kitchen United Assets, Outlook on Ghost Kitchen Space

Sam Nazarian, CEO of digital restaurant company C3 and sbe hospitality group, has acquired Kitchen United’s IP (intellectual property) and ghost kitchen-related assets.  Once a leader in the ghost kitchen space, Kitchen United shuttered its physical locations late last year. The virtual commissary operator combined elements of delivery technology, real estate and virtual restaurant brands …

H1 2023 marked by 4 layoffs in restaurant tech

Companies in several corners of the restaurant technology sector — ranging from the third-party delivery and POS system spaces to the virtual brand subsector — continued to battle a volatile economic climate in H1. In a bid to manage losses and right their ships, a handful of major firms cut staff in the first half …

SBE Hospitality, C3 Founder Sam Nazarian Acquires Nextbite

Sam Nazarian, founder and CEO of the sbe hospitality group and virtual restaurant platform C3, announced the sole acquisition of Nextbite, one of the leading virtual brand providers created by Ordermark founder Alex Canter.  Nextbite’s brand name will live on as Nextbite by sbe, further cementing the ongoing evolution that’s merging entertainment, hospitality, food halls, …

Nextbite Sells Ordermark to Indian Software Company UrbanPiper

Leading virtual brand company Nextbite has sold its order-management technology platform, Ordermark, to UrbanPiper, a restaurant industry software platform in India.  The news comes amid recent layoffs and just ahead of the official sale of Nextbite to Sam Nazarian, founder of sbe Lifestyle Hospitality and virtual restaurant platform C3.  In an interview with Food On Demand, Alex Canter, Nextbite …

DoorDash’s latest tool allows merchants to download sales data

Dive Brief: Dive Insight: DoorDash’s Reporting API tool was created in response to restaurant feedback, the company wrote in an email to Restaurant Dive. When the platform rolled out its Report Builder feature set in 2022, which allowed merchants to create customized reports, restaurants — particularly multi-unit operators — requested more flexibility to access sales …

CHOWNOW LAYS OFF 20% OF ITS STAFF IN TECH’S LATEST CUTBACK

Online ordering provider ChowNow laid off about 20% of its staff this week as it hunkers down for what co-founder and CEO Chris Webb likened to a storm brewing in the financial markets. The cuts, he said, will allow the company to weather the expected economic downturn without the help of outside funding. As inflation …

Will.i.am Joins Nextbite as Partnership Advisor

Nextbite announced that producer and tech entrepreneur will.i.am joined the company as advisor focused on brand building and marketing strategies for its delivery-only restaurant concepts. In a press release announcing the news, Nextbite said the music producer and Black Eyed Peas frontman’s music career necessitates ordering delivery on the road and while in-studio, adding that he was …

Waitr Announces New “Ghosts” Restaurants To Platform In New Deal With Nextbite

LAFAYETTE, LA – Lafayette-based Waitr announced it has expanded its partnership with the virtual restaurant company Nextbite. The updated deal adds even more of Nextbite’s delivery-only restaurants to the Waitr platform – significantly increasing customer options. New virtual restaurants – also known as ghost kitchens – that will soon be available are TZKi, Veg-e-licious, Hatch House, Crack’t and Lucky Dragon Fried Rice. …

Denver-based ‘virtual kitchen’ concept enters Memphis market

Geoff Madding, CEO of Nextbite, defines the concept as a “virtual kitchen.” Madding has a background in restaurants and startups. He combined the two to start Nextbite, which recently entered the Memphis market. The company began as an outgrowth of the tech company Ordermark, which consolidates the ordering process for restaurants using third-party delivery companies …