Thanks for Visiting!

Register for free to get the full story.

Sign Up
Already have a account? Log In

Local Kitchens: Redefining the Restaurant

Bracha Arnold
July 6, 2023
Local Kitchens: Redefining the Restaurant

Local Kitchens is ready to shake things up. Located in the heart of California’s thriving tech scene, this food hall seeks to blend technology and food under one roof. Diners have embraced the concept, and the company has doubled its presence over the past year. We dove into the location analytics for the chain to understand what is driving visits. 

Visits & Visits Per Venue Highlight Company Strength

Local Kitchens, established in 2020, offers a unique franchise-like concept to local restaurants. The restaurant choosing to set up shop under the Local Kitchen umbrella trains Local Kitchen staff on the menu, enabling them to expand reach without the challenges involved in a traditional franchise model. Meanwhile, customers get to try food from six to eight different restaurants, all while ordering from one point of service, which streamlines the process and offers a new take on the popular food hall concept.  

This approach has been met with enthusiasm, evident from the triple-digit year-over-year growth in monthly visits to the chain. And visits per venue have also remained remarkably high – all while the chain rapidly expands. In May 2023, visits to Local Kitchens increased by 185.3% compared to the same month in 2022, while visits per venue grew by 55.6%. 

The ability to keep both foot traffic and visits per venue high while expanding its footprint suggests that Local Kitchens has found its stride with its customers. 

The Path to Local Kitchens

The customers who have been embracing the concept are part of a new target audience that more and more retailers are focusing on – hybrid workers who find themselves in the suburbs most of the week. And Local Kitchens is more than aware of this consumer segment – the concept was founded with the goal of bringing high-quality dining experiences to suburban areas

And zooming into the top prior and post destinations for visitors to Local Kitchens suggests that this approach is paying off. Between 11 AM to 3 PM, all five of the top-performing locations, including Palo Alto – one of the most prominent tech hubs in Silicon Valley – saw  a significant share of their visitors either coming from or returning home. Palo Alto had the highest share of visitors coming from home at 63.3%, perhaps spurred by the popularity of remote work in the area. And the other four locations also had home as the top prior and post locations, suggesting that people are coming to grab something quick and delicious to eat during their at-home workday.

Income and Appetite

Analyzing residents of five Local Kitchens trade areas reveals that the dining destinations tend to be in areas where the median household income (HHI) is higher than the state average. This suggests that the company has tapped into a customer base willing to spend a bit of money for a quality dining experience. And though the median HHI for Local Kitchen’s Davis location was notably lower than the other four – $54,248.72 – the local student population at UC Davis likely influenced the HHI dynamics. 

Cuisine and Convenience Converge

As it continues to expand its footprint and cater to the needs of hybrid workers seeking quality dining experiences, Local Kitchens is poised to continue redefining what a food hall can be, one bite at a time.

For more data-driven dining insights, visit

Get 3 brand & industry
breakdowns every week

Subscribe to the newsletter

Great! Prepare your inbox for data-driven insights...
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Get a Demo

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please provide a valid email
Please enter your email
Please enter company name

Thanks for reaching out!

One of our experts will be in touch soon

Try Free
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Text Link
Local Kitchens
Text Link
Ghost Kitchens
Text Link
Costco Finds More Room for Growth
Four C-Store Chains Making an A-Grade
National Parks + Outdoor Summer Activities
Diving Into Darden: Summer 2023 Update
The Summer Event Effect
Messi: Massive in Miami
Looking Back on Back to School 2023
The Anchor Recap: August 2023 Office Index: August 2023 Recap Mall Index: August 2023 Recap White Paper Recap: August 2023
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Strikes Again
Big Scoop: We All Scream For Ice Cream
Sports Away: Lululemon & Nike’s Momentum Continues
Summer Visits Heat Up For Recreation and Outdoor Gear Chains
No CSS overwrite - July 2023 Office Index Recap
Staging - August 2023 Mall Indec
Mid-Atlantic Grocery Deep Dive
Experiential Chains Heating Up This Summer
Petco Goes Big by Going Small
Ulta Beauty: Leading the Discretionary Pack
Discount and Dollar Chains Continue to Thrive
Summer of Sports: DICK’s Sporting Goods and Hibbett Sports
Off-Price: Succeeding Into Summer
The Anchor Recap: July 2023
Superstores Maintaining Pandemic Gains Amidst Economic Headwinds
2023: Home Improvement at the Halfway Point
July 2023 Office Index Recap Mall Index: July 2023 Recap
widget test
The Taylor Swift Visit Lift
Southwestern Grocery Dive
July 2023 White Paper Recap: Halfway Point Review & Quarterly Index
Yum! Brands: Driving Dining Visits
Slurpees and Summer Movies Stimulate Consumer Foot Traffic
Cool Beans: Summer Coffee Update
Checking In on Back to School 2023
Crocs and New Balance Tip The Scales
Burger Bliss: Shake Shack and In-N-Out Stacking Visits
Chipotle & McDonald's Continue to Reign Supreme
Vibenomics and Partner to Enhance Retail Media In-Store Measurement
California Grocers Here We Come!
Marriott’s Different Audiences
Bonchon and Kura Sushi Thrive in the Fast-Casual Scene
A Shoe In: Footwear Climbs to the Top
Cheers! Raising a Glass to Beverage Retail Office Index: June 2023 Recap Mall Index June 2023 Recap – A Turn of the Tide and a Dive into Open-Air Lifestyle Centers
Local Kitchens: Redefining the Restaurant
Unlocking Urban Insights: The Value in Manhattan’s Employees
Ohio State Parks On The Rise
How is Inflation Impacting the High-Income Shoppers?
Five Fast-Growing Dining Chains
What To Expect From Prime Day and July Sales Events in 2023
The State Of Fashion: How Are Apparel Retailers Faring in 2023?
2023’s Latest Dining Success Story: GEN Korean BBQ House
The NBA Finals: A Location Intelligence Perspective
Moving the Market: The Impact of Domestic Migration on Housing Costs
Post-Pandemic Museum Update
The Darden-est Things
The Enduring Demand for Urban and Suburban Retail
Leveraging Data to Evaluate the Impact of Municipal Investments
Trader Joe's Success Amidst Food Inflation and Changing Consumer Behavior Office Index: May 2023 Recap
Fitness at its Fittest: Staying Strong in 2023
Movie Theaters, Off-Price, and Home Improvement: May 2023 Recap Mall Index - May 2023 Recap
What’s Working for Bath & Body Works?
Why Are Specialty Grocers Thriving in 2023?
The CAVA Craze: A Location Intelligence Perspective on the Mediterranean Marvel
How Will Primark’s US Expansion Impact Target?
All Eyes on Eyewear
Northwestern U.S. Grocery Dive
Return of the Lunch: Salad Chains Are Thriving
Retail Media Networks – Off the Beaten Track
Bet Your Bottom Dollar: Discount and Dollar Stores Drive Foot Traffic
Ulta & Lululemon: Discretionary Spending On The Up
The Score After Q1: Sporting Goods Chains
Who Uses NYC Airports: Biting Into The Big Apple’s Main Transport Hubs
Off Price: Strength in The Face of Retail Challenges
Visits Improve for Home Improvement
Walmart, Target & Wholesalers in Q1 2023 – The Return of Mission-Driven Shopping?
Department Store Roundup: Q1 2023 Office Index: April 2023 Recap Mall Index, April 2023 – A Rebound on the Horizon?
How Will Bed Bath & Beyond’s Bankruptcy Impact the Retail Space?
Buffet Restaurants: Filling Up on Foot Traffic
Thrift Stores: Vintage Visits Drive New Age in Apparel
The Windy City: A Hub of Post-Pandemic Opportunity
Diving into Dining Traffic - Q1 2023
Bring On The Joe
A Dollar (or more) For Your Thoughts: Five Below and pOpshelf
Dining Out With The Cheesecake Factory
Retail Foot Traffic Recap – March 2023
Digging Into 2023: McDonald’s and Chipotle Update Office Index: March 2023 Recap
How Did Key Retail Categories Perform in Q1 2023?
Northeastern USA Grocery Dive
Movie Theaters Storylines for 2023
Ollie's Bargain Outlet: Discounters are Evolving