SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new food concept in Barrio Logan is gaining popularity, offering restaurant owners a less expensive way to operate.
Barrio Food Hub is a large warehouse space in Barrio Logan that was converted into ghost kitchens. Ghost kitchens, also sometimes referred to as virtual kitchens, rely on food delivery apps and operate through pick-up and delivery only.
Barrio Food Hub opened on Feb. 8 with 23 food concepts, providing kitchen space for restaurants to sell their food. The kitchens are smaller than a traditional restaurant kitchen, roughly 200 to 400 square feet.
People order through popular food delivery apps like Uber Eats, Postmates, or Grubhub, and can choose the delivery or pick up option, there is not dining at the food hub, allowing business owners to save on having a brick and mortar establishment.
The food hub in Barrio Logan has allowed business owners like Shawn Walchef of Cali Comfort BBQ in Spring Valley to expand to a second location called Cali BBQ in Barrio Logan.
For some, the ghost kitchen concept is helping them get their start in the food industry. William Stewart is the co-owner of Willie Wingz, with his grandmother and his uncle. Before the Barrio Food Hub, the trio was selling and preparing the food out of Stewart's grandmother's home in Oak Park. Now, they've been able to expand their clientele.
The Barrio Food Hub is located at 2707 Boston Ave. For more information click here.