ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With traditional modes of dining restricted and some community members still hesitant to venture outside of their homes, New Mexico restaurants have been forced to find inventive ways to stay in business.
After seeing sales dwindle at Downtown Albuquerque restaurant Urban Taqueria, owner Hanif Mohamed made the decision to lean into the storm and adapt his business model with the creation of Urban Cocina, which he says is Albuquerque’s first dedicated “ghost kitchen.”
Ghost kitchens are spaces where restaurants prepare food solely for carry-out and delivery. Unlike traditional restaurants, some ghost kitchens, like Urban Cocina, will house multiple brands or menus under one roof.
By definition, ghost kitchens aren’t new. National chains like Domino’s have operated via takeout and delivery for decades, but what differentiates Urban Cocina from other concepts is that it has multiple menus and is only available through delivery.