A delivery-only wings chain opens in NYC
New York City’s newest delivery-only restaurant chain has arrived, just days before City Council will meet to discuss the impact of “ghost kitchens” on the city’s small businesses. The newest restaurant chain, called Wing Squad, serves six styles of wings, a few sides options like mac and cheese and caesar salad, and limited desserts. It’s all part of the company’s bigger plan to expand to 18 cities nationwide, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington D.C., with hopes of reaching additional locations and neighborhoods in the coming year.
Wing Squad’s arrival in New York City is part of a growing trend towards tech-focused delivery-only “ghost kitchens,” which eliminates the need customer-facing service staff. Part of the idea is that by saving on labor and other overhead costs, more money can go towards the food and ingredients — or, as Wing Squad put it, toward “a superior product.” But the city’s meeting tomorrow will also be investigating how the new slate of businesses will impact smaller restaurants. Bronx Councilman Mark Gjonaj, chair of the Committee on Small Business, is spearheading the effort; he’s the same person who’s been leading inquiries on Grubhub in light of news that the delivery platform charged restaurants for calls that never resulted in orders.
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