A "virtual food hall" is coming to the Twin Cities at the end of the month.
Local restaurateur Luke Shimp, who owns Red Cow and Red Rabbit, announced the new concept, called Kenwood Food and Beverage, on Thursday.
Kenwood Food and Beverage will allow Shimp to test out new food concepts prior to opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant. It will feature four restaurant concepts people can order from for delivery starting Sept. 30 (more on this below). The concepts are:
- Chicken Republic, a virtual gastropub specializing in chicken sandwiches, chicken wings and fried chicken
- Venice Salads & Bowls, which features a menu of classic salads and flavorful bowls including gluten-free and plant-based options
- Shakee Shakee, a milkshake restaurant with options that include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and weekly features, as well as dairy-free options
- Red Cow, the Minneapolis-based restaurant known for its handcrafted burgers
Shimp teamed up with US Foods on the venture. Using the company's Ghost Kitchen Playbook.
“Our Ghost Kitchen Playbook allows restaurants to craft additional delivery and carry-out concepts to increase revenue opportunities,” said John Byrne manager, Food Fanatic Chefs, US Foods. “It’s exciting to offer such a unique program and partner with innovative restauranteurs around the country, like Luke Shimp.”
Shimp said, “This was a creative opportunity to utilize the Red Cow Uptown space and bring back employees as we evaluate indoor dining with colder weather approaching."
The four restaurant concepts will operate out of Red Cow's Uptown Minneapolis restaurant This will allow customers to order whatever they want from each place online at Kenwood Food and Beverage's website or via Door Dash, and their food will be delivered to them.
There currently aren't any dine-in or takeout options available.