Why Bengaluru’s cloud kitchens continue to soar high

One of the more obvious advantages of owning a cloud kitchen, as compared to a restaurant, is the relatively low expenditure cost. Photo: iStock

People were out of jobs, the ones still working were stuck inside homes, and everything was closed. As the pandemic struck, thriving metropolitan cities were reduced to dystopian ghost towns where talking heads lay silently within the confines of four walls. Even as many turned cooks postings videos of their newly acquired or recently dusted off culinary skills, there still remained those who didn’t want to cook – neither for themselves nor for Insta posts. For them, cloud kitchens cooked relief.

Born during the pandemic

Cloud kitchens are commercial kitchens leased out for the purposes of delivering food and takeaway meals only. Unlike traditional dine-in restaurants, one can’t sit and soak in the ambience as they bite into food.

“In a way, the pandemic was a boon for us. As people were stuck inside their homes, they ordered food a lot more than usual. Thankfully, the government had classified cloud kitchens as essential services and we remained open for business,” Sejal Prabhu, who owns and runs Kitchen Lola with her husband, told The Federal.

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