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New taco spot backed by George Lopez coming to Atlanta this summer

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) As the restaurant and food scene continues to expand in Atlanta, the city is seeing more “ghost” restaurants make a home throughout the area.

These ghosts are known to be delivery-only and don’t offer any dine-in options. It’s almost as if they don’t exist until it’s time for food to be delivered to customers. These types of establishments came about during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when many restaurants were forced to close their doors for an unknown amount of time.

While the scene expands, celebrities are also stepping into this new lane of the industry. One of the latest is comedian and television host George Lopez, who is bringing his street tacos to the city.

Lopez teamed up with Nextbite, a virtual restaurant management company, to launch George Lopez Tacos.

It’s uncertain how many ghost kitchens are in the city, but one popular establishment Chicken Out was one of the first to occur. The ghost kitchen is operated by Chef Nick Leahy and operates from the kitchen of his westside Atlanta restaurant. Chains like Chick-Fil-A are also looking to get in on the action and are in talks of opening a 3,000 square foot delivery-only kitchen.

The restaurant is launching in cities across the country including Dallas, Atlanta, New York City Los Angeles and Seattle on June 8. In a press release statement, Lopez shared that he created the street tacos and salsas himself and refers to the items as “badass.”

Many ghost kitchens partner with local restaurants to act as pick-up points for delivery services like UberEats, DoorDash, Postmates and GrubHub. A restaurant hasn’t been announced as a host for George Lopez Tacos, or if there will be more than one location hosting the new eatery.

As the pandemic continues, the city should expect to see more ghost kitchens pop up from established chefs due to their low costs and ability to provide quality foods to customers who aren't comfortable dining in.

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