DELIVEROO has applied to open a commercial kitchen facility in Glasgow in a bid to bring its Editions concept to the city.
The food delivery service wants to use a vacant commercial building at Scotland Street, near West Street.
The premises would be split into nine kitchen pods for use by ‘restaurant partners’.
A statement submitted to city planners explains: “Deliveroo Editions provides bespoke, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art commercial kitchen units which are licensed and occupied by new and established restaurant partners.
“The kitchens are staffed and operated by the restaurant partners. Food is prepared and cooked within these kitchens by the restaurant partners and delivered to customers using Deliveroo’s fleet of riders
“The concept provides a platform to support the restaurant industry, enabling restaurant partners to open in a new market without the up-front costs or risks of setting up and managing their own physical premises.
“Deliveroo does not charge partners a rent to occupy a kitchen pod at the site. Instead, Deliveroo will take a commission against all orders made via the Deliveroo app. There is therefore zero up front cost for partners to move into the site – all they are required to do is source chefs and ingredients.
“At a time when soaring costs are forcing many independent restaurants off the high street, Deliveroo Editions is appealing to restaurants as it gives them the chance to launch, expand and test new innovations at minimal cost.”
It continues: “The site accommodates nine micro-kitchen pods. Each pod is independent but shares a number of services including a dedicated dispatch area where food from all of the restaurants in occupation is collected by the riders.
“The building also hosts site management offices, storage and facilities for kitchen staff and riders.
“The on-site Deliveroo Editions team provides a dispatch service and are responsible for managing the interaction between restaurants and riders.
“In addition, the on-site team are responsible for managing the shared areas and ensuring that everyone on-site complies with the Site rules and regulations.”
The statement adds: “The proposal will result in significant financial investment in this building, revitalising a commercial unit which has remained vacant for a number of years.
“In addition, the proposed use as a commercial kitchen will directly and indirectly (via supply chains) create new local jobs in this location. Indeed, it is expected that circa 60 direct full-time jobs will be provided on-site alone.”
The application is pending consideration by Glasgow City Council.