All of those brands and a lot more are being made in London at Ghost Kitchens on Oxford Street, a franchise that partners with international brands to make their food here for delivery, pickup or dine-in.
“We work closely with all those brands, but we were not doing pizza. I remembered how popular Mother’s was in London and we are always looking for new brands,” said Troy Martin, partner in the local Ghost Kitchens franchise.
The London Ghost Kitchens store, located in the London Mall at Oxford Street and Wonderland Road, makes food from more than 20 restaurant chains, including BeaverTails (yes that flat, fried goodness), Crepe Delicious, Mr. Beast Burger, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Lola’s Latin Foods, Greco Pizza and Donair, and Wow Bao.
The store offers a limited menu of its franchise offerings but tries to offer the favourites, Martin said.
“We learn about things, we rotate brands. It is a work in progress that is constantly evolving. The beauty of Ghost Kitchens is if a brand is not working, we can get rid of it and do something else.”
After opening in October 2021, Ghost Kitchens’ business peaked in the first months as diners were still coping with the pandemic, but has eased since, Martin said.
“It was busier than we expected, but it has dropped. Still, we are ahead of where we thought we would be sales-wise.”
Orders can be made through apps such as Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes and Door Dash, or through the company’s website. Diners can also walk in and order, and eat on-site.
Located at the rear of London Mall, Ghost Kitchens has about 20 staff in its 4,000-square-foot location.
Ghost Kitchens has franchised across Canada and the U.S. It is partnering with Walmart at a few Canadian and U.S. sites, although not yet in London, taking over what used to be a fast-food franchise within the stores, Martin said.
Mother’s Pizza and Spaghetti House started in Hamilton in 1970 and at one point had more than 100 locations nationally. It was sold in the early 1980s and many of the sites were converted to Little Caesars Pizza stores.
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