Mobile kitchens, whether via renting or buying, have been staples at outdoor venues and various entertainment/social gatherings. Yet, for the last year, such activities and events haven’t advisably been on most people’s to-do lists. But then, despite these uncertain times, quarantining, and mask-wearing, one thing is for sure – people still need to eat. What’s more, many people are now busier than ever with homeschooling and remote work. Thus, even making dinner or a quick bite to eat can be somewhat overwhelming, and this is without even dealing with grocery shopping nowadays. What does this all mean for mobile kitchens and other portable refrigeration units, like the ones available at Craftsmenind.com, right now?
Well, you may be surprised to learn that mobile kitchens, along with all of their counterparts (kitchen tents, refrigeration trailers, portable restrooms, etc.), have actually become more popular. Not only have mobile kitchens helped to fuel curbside pick-ups and no-contact deliveries, but they have also been essential when the ongoing pandemic pushed dining outdoors. Plus, custom mobile kitchens have allowed for increased food service or food preparation when hospital facilities started to become overrun with more patients than usual. That said, if you’re still not convinced that mobile kitchens have been an asset during the ongoing pandemic, here’s an overview of the reasons why you should reconsider your line of thinking.
Ghost kitchens are in line with delivery apps.
As briefly touched upon, mobile or ghost kitchens have continued to transform the dining experience. For many, restaurants that were unable to open their doors to the public, curbside pick-up, takeout, and creating outdoor spaces that were safe for everyone (once they were allowed to be open) kept business afloat. Looking specifically at food delivery apps, it’s clear that business is actually thriving. Instead of opening up a whole restaurant just for carryout/delivery orders, mobile kitchens have taken center stage.
Indoor dining alternatives
Since outdoor food service has become a necessity during this pandemic, many restaurants are taking the necessary steps to have more outdoor seating and service options. The good news is in an already troublesome economy, restaurants have avoided expensive new construction, renovations, and building add-ons to accommodate more patio space by opting for climate-controlled tents and mobile kitchens. Tent kitchens and mobile kitchens have actually been feasible temporary solutions that have allowed many restaurants to expand their dining areas, and thus, in turn, expand their outdoor service capabilities.
Mobile and tent kitchens have also been useful during the colder months. Many were customized to offer dining areas that are fully enclosed and climate-controlled—heating to keep the space cozy, and air conditioning for when the weather starts to warm up again in spring and summer.
Portable kitchens have been there through natural disasters.
What’s more, many mobile kitchens have effortlessly been transformed into pop-up pantries for many people who had to navigate hurricane season, wildfire season, and other natural disasters all during a pandemic. By turning mobile or ghost kitchens into mobile pantries, food distribution for those in need has been possible. This is especially true for families who, at one point, relied on school lunch and food programs to feed their kids. In mobile kitchens turned pantries, often, fresh produce, shelf-stable items, and other food staples are readily available.
Feeding the community and people in need
Along those same lines, mobile kitchens have allowed people to help those in need within their communities. For instance, soup kitchens and charities still provided much-needed food and resources to the food-insecure, the increasing homeless population, and others in need. One of the great things here is that since these kitchens are mobile, feeding the community and providing valuable resources over a larger area is possible. Popping up at different locations gives those unable to travel across town the chance to get what they desperately need. Moreover, charitable organizations that rented or purchased more than one mobile kitchen could serve nutritious meals multiple days a week in several locations.
Keeping people employed and supporting first responders
In addition to feeding the masses, mobile kitchens are helping to keep hospitality workers and chefs employed. Many of these pop-up restaurants are also stationed outside hospitals, grocery stores, and other businesses where people continue to step up every day, do their jobs, and save lives. Some of these pop-up restaurants also have special programs running where for every meal ordered/purchased, another meal would go to a charity, meals on wheels, or an overworked essential worker. Let’s not forget mobile kitchens are still vital to the military.
Customized and converted for any purpose
Furthermore, many mobile kitchens have been customized and converted for a variety of needs. As of late, with a boost in builder confidence and a significant increase in building permits, temporary kitchens help feed many workers. Similarly, mobile refrigeration units have been a real necessity for hospitals and vaccine administration sites, as these units provide temperature-controlled storage for vaccines, food, and other medical supplies. In fact, quality-built trailers and other modular units have been customized for many purposes, including waiting rooms and medical care rooms.
Lastly, mobile refrigeration units, more often than not, also need portable restrooms. For instance, when hospitals and shelters are overflowing or testing sites needed clean restroom facilities on hand, mobile toilets were and are a great solution. Not only are transportable restrooms a much more sanitary option than traditional porta-potties, but they also have running water. These particular mobile facilities can also be customized with hand sinks, flushing toilets, urinals, showers, private changing rooms, baby changing stations, hands-free soap and towels, and hand sanitizer dispensers.
As you can see, mobile kitchens, tent kitchens, refrigeration units, and their portable bathroom counterparts are essential during such unprecedented times. Their versatility, customizability, convenience, and affordability make all the mobile units mentioned above more than just assets.