‘Ghost kitchens’ helping Chinese food emporium in San Francisco reach customers – and survive the pandemic
– China Live in San Francisco’s Chinatown is using kitchens specially set up for delivery services to get its takeaway food favourites to more customers
– The venture is a partnership with Virtual Kitchen, a ‘ghost kitchen’ start-up offering space and equipment to support restaurants’ delivery operations

After the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of his food emporium to in-house diners, chef George Chen deployed the resources of the 30,000-square-foot (2,790-square-metre) site in San Francisco towards delivery services with the help of what have become known as “ghost kitchens”.

Like most eateries in the city, Chen’s China Live emporium – consisting of the Market Restaurant, a full-service establishment with an ever-changing seasonal menu; the fine-dining Eight Tables by George Chen; the Oolong Cafe; a bar; and a retail area selling kitchenware, pantry items, tea and fresh pruduce – saw a dramatic fall in revenue when the pandemic imposed shelter-in-place restrictions on San Franciscans and a ban on indoor dining.

China Live Signatures is a new venture that uses kitchens across the San Francisco Bay Area to expand the food hall’s reach, offering a selection of the food emporium’s takeaway customer favourites.- South China Morning Post (10.21.20)