Pepsi sells meals from virtual kitchens in Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and Irvine – Press Enterprise
A ghost kitchen dedicated to Pepsi Cola has opened in select cities in Southern California.
Pep’s Place opened for 30 days on May 4th. According to a press release, it is part of a promotion called “Better with Pepsi”.
A ghost kitchen is an online restaurant that exists for deliveries and does not usually have dining rooms or take-away meals. It is often “powered” by a full-service chain of restaurants that does the food preparation for third-party collection. The concept has become popular as it allows restaurants to maximize their kitchen space. Southern California chains that have set up their own virtual brands include Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar and Dog Haus.
Pep’s Place delivers soft drink meals in Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, and Irvine through third-party services like Door Dash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.
Starters include burgers, wings, Cajun chicken sandwiches, ribs, and chicken Caesar salad, priced from $ 11 to $ 14.50.
The idea, according to the press release, is to go to Pep’s Place’s website, choose a drink, and then get a “perfect pairing” suggestion.
For example, Pepsi Wild Cherry Zero Sugar is “a pit master’s dream” with a grilled pork sandwich and fries.
Other side dishes include broccoli, corn, and jalapeño mac and cheese. There is a brownie for dessert.
The menu was developed in-house, but Pepsi works with Famous Dave’s to prepare the food, according to parent company PepsiCo, Inc.
Other cities that offer it are Bakersfield, Alameda, Fresno, Gilroy, Hayward, and San Jose.