Pepsi sells meals from virtual kitchens in Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and Irvine – Redlands Daily Facts
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. It’s part of a promotion called “Better with Pepsi,” according to a press release.
A ghost kitchen is an online restaurant that exists for deliveries and does not usually offer dining rooms or take away. It is often “powered” by a full-service chain of restaurants that does the food preparation for third-party pick-up. The concept has become popular as it allows restaurants to maximize the use of their kitchen space. Southern California chains that have started 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 at $ 11-14.50.
According to the press release, the idea is to go to the Pep’s Place website, choose a drink, and then get a suggestion for a “perfect pairing”.
For example, Pepsi Wild Cherry Zero Sugar is “a pitmaster’s dream” with a grilled pork sandwich and fries.
Other sides are broccoli, corn and jalapeño mac and cheese. A brownie is available for dessert.
The menu was developed in-house, but Pepsi works with Famous Dave’s to prepare food, according to parent company PepsiCo, Inc.
Other cities that offer it are Bakersfield, Alameda, Fresno, Gilroy, Hayward, and San Jose.