Shey, B. (2021, August 24). Eggholic brings Indian street food to Irving Next month. Eater Dallas. Retrieved October 6, 2021, from https://dallas.eater.com/2021/8/24/22639544/eggholic-will-bring-indian-street-food-to-irving-next-month.
Larray, the TikTok Hype House member with more than 25 million subscribers, is launching a delivery-only restaurant in Dallas this week, according to Business Insider. Larray’s Loaded Mac will serve seven varieties of the pasta dish, including a pizza-inspired version called “That Girl”, and a mac loaded with pulled pork, Fritos and onions. Diners can order from delivery apps like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates, or directly from the Loaded Mac website.
Larray, who’s full name is Larri Merritt, told Insider that his grandmother, a home cook, inspired him to get into the virtual restaurant business. He also said he plans to release a Youtube reaction video of his grandmother trying Loaded Mac’s version of her signature dish.
Stapleton, S. (2021, September 28). ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro gets in on the ghost kitchen game with cake slices for delivery only. Eater Vegas. Retrieved October 1, 2021, from https://vegas.eater.com/2021/9/28/22698461/cake-boss-buddy-valastro-ghost-kitchen-cake-slices-delivery-only.
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro goes virtual with a new partnership with Robert Earl’s Virtual Dining Concepts. Now diners can order Valastro’s over-the-top cakes delivered right to their doorstep. The chef behind Buddy V’s Ristorante and Carlo’s Bake Shop at the Palazzo and PizzaCake at Harrah’s Las Vegas now has Buddy V’s Cake Slice, serving his most popular cake flavors for the new delivery-only brand. To start, Buddy V’s Cake Slice will feature confetti, vanilla rainbow, fudge, red velvet, and black and white fudge with more flavors to come.
Valastro packages the slices individually at Carlo’s Bake Shop after they are quickly frozen to maintain freshness. The cake slices are distributed to restaurants across the country and made available for online orders through the website, third-party delivery carriers, and his app available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play. Slices are delivered for $8.95 each from Buca di Beppo locations on East Flamingo Road and West Lake Mead Boulevard.
Virtual Dining Concepts and Earl already have ghost kitchens with Guy Fieri and his Flavortown Chicken, rapper Tyga and his chicken bites, deejay Pauly D and his Pauly D’s Italian Subs, and singer Mariah Carey and her cookies, among others.
Barstool expands into food, with a frozen pizza and a home delivery business. Insideradio.com. (2021, September 23). Retrieved October 4, 2021, from http://www.insideradio.com/free/barstool-expands-into-food-with-a-frozen-pizza-and-a-home-delivery-business/article_ad67fbec-1cb1-11ec-80da-b3e9e28d0c62.html.
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy is already known for his One Bite Pizza Reviews series on YouTube, and now his sports and lifestyle media brand is branching out beyond podcasts, TV and sports forging deeper into the world of food. Barstool is teaming up with Happi Foodi to launch the One Bite Frozen Pizza. The pizza will be available in Wal-Mart stores across the U.S.
“I’m taking over the frozen game,” said Portnoy in a video about the product launch. His review of their product delivered a 10 out of 10 rating.
Barstool Sports is also teaming up with Virtual Dining Concepts to join the food delivery business. Barstool Bites will be a delivery-only restaurant, offering a lineup of items including chicken wings, sliders, 14-inch subs, buckets of popcorn and fries. In other words, food someone might consume while watching a game.
Barstool Bites will be available in 300 cities nationwide. Virtual Dining Concepts relies on so-called “ghost kitchens” that use local restaurants to pack and deliver food using third-party apps like DoorDash and Grubhub for various brands.
Barstool Bites may also be expanding into physical restaurants and Barstool food trucks. “We’re going to experiment with giving our fans the ability to order the types of food we eat when we’re sitting on our couch watching football on Saturdays and Sundays,” CEO Erika Nardini told Bloomberg.
The delivery-only restaurant model has taken off during the pandemic. NPD Group says from June 2020 to June 2021, delivery-only restaurant orders increased by two-thirds. That compares to a 39% decline for in-restaurant dining. Bloomberg notes the industry is already crowded since they allow entrepreneurs to launch a restaurant without the large investment a physical location requires.
Food ventures are the latest in brand extensions for Barstool. It has also signed a multiyear branding rights deal with the Arizona Bowl. The move means the Dec. 31 game will air on Barstool platforms, not broadcast television. Barstool is also expanding its Barstool Golf Classic brand.
On the content side, earlier this month Barstool said it would create a new channel on the streaming television service Sling TV. The Barstool Sports Channel will feature a mix of sports and pop culture content including video versions of several podcasts. Barstool is reportedly developing several reality television series.
One thing Barstool talks less about these days is podcasting, although it remains a force in the audio industry. Barstool has 65 active shows which Podtrac said had a reach of 6.2 million listeners during August with downloads and streams topping 28 million. But those numbers are down significantly after Call Her Daddy defected to Spotify with an exclusive distribution deal that began June 1. Portnoy said the loss of the show will hurt the company’s bottom line since it was by far the biggest podcast revenue generator for the company. He also said they are looking at trimming some expenses as a result of losing the series.
Since launching in 2003, Barstool Sports has expanded from a website to podcasts and videos. Since casino operator Penn National Gaming bought a 36% share in the company in January 2020, Barstool has also put an increased emphasis on sports betting across its platform.
Virtual Dining Concepts, a delivery-only restaurant solutions company, has teamed up with NASCAR and Doordash to launch ‘NASCAR Refuel,’ the first-ever virtual restaurant brand paired with a major spectator sporting organization.
Set to debut before the ‘NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250′ at Daytona International Speedway, the new brand aims to bring the joy and excitement of the track experience to NASCAR fans’ homes by offering them a selection of ” delicious dishes inspired by [the] entire track portfolio.”
Handpicked from 12 different racetracks around the United States, the ‘NASCAR Refuel’ menu will feature a range of racetrack staples such as Daytona Firecracker Dog, Darlington Pimento Cheese Sandwich, Talla-Mento Dogwich, Refuel Burger, and more. “This collaboration expands upon our multiyear partnership with NASCAR and reinforces our commitment to creating memorable experiences for fans and food-lovers alike,” said DoorDash’s Director of Partnership Marketing, Vanessa Carr.
Leggate, J. (2021, February 12). Guy Fieri opens flavortown kitchen delivery-only restaurants across US. Fox News. Retrieved September 14, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/guy-fieri-opens-flavortown-kitchen-delivery-only-restaurants-across-us.
Anyone who has watched Guy Fieri and wondered where, exactly, Flavortown is located may soon discover one in their own backyard.
The chef and Food Network personality recently opened a new delivery-only restaurant chain, Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen, with locations in 23 states and Washington D.C.
The eateries offer the kind of big-taste foods that Fieri is known for, with items like burgers, wings and jalapeno poppers on the menu. Dishes include Fieri-favorite ingredients like “super melty cheese,” “Donkey sauce” and “Chicken Guy” seasoning. Anyone who has watched Guy Fieri and wondered where, exactly, Flavortown is located may soon discover one in their own backyard. (Reuters)
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The chain is a partnership between Fieri and Robert Earl, the Planet Hollywood founder who has previously worked with Fieri on their Chicken Guy chain, Eater reported.
Flavortown is operating out of other restaurants’ “ghost kitchens,” according to the report.
So-called ghost kitchens have been opening in restaurants across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic as dining rooms have been closed or faced greatly reduced capacity, while meal-delivery services have seen large increases in use.
Many of the Flavortown Kitchen locations share addresses with chains like Brio Italian Grille and Buca di Beppo, which are owned by Earl’s company, Earl Enterprise. Some of the addresses are also being used by other delivery-only eateries like MrBeast Burger, a ghost kitchen restaurant recently launched by the YouTuber who goes by the same name.
While diners won’t be able to visit Flavortown Kitchen, it is available from delivery services operated by DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub in areas where the ghost kitchens have opened.
Davenport, E. (2021, March 5). Guy Fieri talks new season OF ‘Tournament of Champions’ and launch of New Delivery-only VIRTUAL dining concept. amNewYork. https://www.amny.com/news/guy-fieri-talks-new-season-of-tournament-of-champions-and-launch-of-new-delivery-only-virtual-dining-concept/.
East Coast and West Coast chefs are going head to head in the newest season of Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions.”
Hosted by Guy Fieri, “Tournament of Champions II” will have 16 chefs square off in a bracket-style cook-off in each 90-minute episode.. Fieri says that the East Coast vs West Coast lineup fell into place pretty naturally.
“As we started putting the chefs together, it was amazing to see that we were seeing two main epicenters of food in terms of styles, methods, technique and ingredients,” said Fieri. “It put itself into place. We had everyone weighing in on who should be in the top 16, and it organically happened.”
Fieri says that “Tournament of Champions II” pays homage to shows like “Iron Chef” that really laid the groundwork for competition food shows. One of the key aspects of the show is blind judging, so those who are on the judges’ panel are able to vote objectively no matter who is competing. Chefs enter this blind competition not knowing who their opponents will be, or what cooking challenges they will face.
Part of what sets “Tournament of Champions II” apart is the randomizer, which assigns the chefs a protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time.
“We made it so not one competition is ever the same. With the randomizer, you are never going to end up with those odds again,” said Fieri. “The chefs can’t prepare themselves ahead of time. The timing can make you or break you. The bracket competition also makes it so it’s one and done, or win one and move on. It’s going to have people on the edge of their seats.”
An important aspect of the show that is close to Fieri’s heart is that the show gives back to struggling restaurants during COVID-19. Each time a chef wins a round, $10,000 is donated in their name to their favorite local restaurant, which is not their own, that is in need during the pandemic.
Fieri, who has raised money himself for restaurants in need, felt it was important to help other establishments with this new season of “Tournament of Champions II” because he saw how chefs on the show, as well as their friends in the industry, were struggling to stay afloat.
“We were getting into the studio and some chefs were going through turmoil, and the same for their friends’ restaurants. So many were unemployed,” said Fieri. “I called the president at Food Network, Courtney White, and said we had to do something. We have people coming in to compete, but restaurants are hurting and closing — they are stepping away from the industry and doing a competition. We need to do more and raise awareness, so let’s have the chefs play on behalf of a restaurant they were fans of, and they end up telling their stories. And if they won, they gave $10,000 in their name. We’ve given out over $250,000 in total and highlighted so many places without exposure, a little bit of buzz goes a long way.”
Because the stakes are higher, Fieri says that there is a lot to look forward to in this new season.
“Upsets, pissed off chefs, surprise judges, crazy, crazy randomizers,” said Fieri. “And when I say pissed off chefs, there’s nothing they can do about it. Everything they are working for is on the line. Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner and I do an aftershow to recap the show and we have the chefs come on and talk to us. It’s a whole evening of entertainment — it’s going to grab people.”
Though Fieri can’t say if East Coast or West Coast has the best cuisine in the nation, or even by region in the United States, because every food experience can be spectacular if surrounded by the right people. However, one thing Fieri is excited to see Indian food grow in popularity.
“I’m a huge fan of Indian food, not everyone really understands it. I’ve been slowly integrating into my family and friends,” said Fieri. “It’s one of the last explored cuisines in this country. Some people may read this and say I’m crazy and that it’s always been around, but it’s really starting to get recognition.”
One of Fieri’s latest ventures is Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen, a virtual dining concept that is delivery-only — there are no physical locations for dine-in or pick-up.
“The restaurant industry is always adapting, it happened to everyone this year. We had to make lemonade out of lemons, a phrase which I think was started in the restaurant industry,” said Fieri. “Watching the industry pivot and having closed a bunch of restaurants myself, it was difficult, but it caught everyone on the reality that we need to do delivery.”
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen operates out of existing restaurant kitchens, allowing restaurateurs to add a new source of revenue without impacting the operation. The online menu, which was curated by Fieri, includes appetizers, entrees featuring veggie, fish, and chicken options, burgers, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and more, including some popular dishes from his eateries like the Bacon Mac ‘N Cheeseburger and Flavortown Fries.
“Delivery is the new medium. We started to look at these businesses and thought, how can we keep these people working?” said Fieri. “You can’t have two concepts, having Guy’s Kitchen and Bar food at an Italian restaurant, but if we have the staff and the talent, why not make a concept that can be delivered?”
Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen has grown to have locations in 25 states with 175 locations and will launch in March. Beginning on March 7, those who order Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen will be offered access to discovery+ for one month, compliments of Fieri himself.
“We’re keeping people working and keeping people moving. Delivery programs are what we have to work with, we might as well take advantage of it,” said Fieri. “This is just the beginning, it’s going to get bigger and more exciting.”
“Tournament of Champions II” premieres on Food Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT on March 7 and is available for streaming on discovery+. For more information about Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen or to order, visit guysflavortownkitchen.com. The Flavortown App is available for download via Apple Store or Google Play.