Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, has teamed up with ghost kitchen leader Kitchen United to open two satellite kitchens in Scottsdale and Austin, Texas.

The Grimaldi’s Pizzeria-to-Go locations will offer takeout and delivery only via online ordering, the company said in a press release. Menu items will include pizzas, calzones, salads and cheesecake.

“Despite the turbulence that the restaurant industry has faced in 2020, we feel fortunate to have seen strong growth in our to-go business and are confident that the time is right to launch a takeout and delivery-only concept,” said Grimaldi’s Pizzeria CEO Joseph Ciolli.

“We look forward to growing this area of our business,” Ciolli added. “This is only the beginning stage of Grimaldi’s plan to add more innovative ways to make it easier for our guests to order and pick up their favorite pizza.”

The first Grimaldi’s Pizzeria-to-Go opened last month in Kitchen United’s space at 7127 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. The Austin location is under construction at 8023 Burnet Road in Austin.

Ghost kitchens, or specialized facilities for off-premise dining only, have begun to catch on nationwide, especially as the pandemic continues to impact traditional indoor dining for restaurants. As recently noted in PMQ’s 2021 Pizza Power Report, Michael Shafer, Technomic’s global lead for food and beverage, has said there were about 1,500 ghost kitchens operating in the U.S. as of September.

Euromonitor International predicts the ghost-kitchen model could become a $1 trillion global market by 2030.

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