Wow Bao’s Groundbreaking Dark Kitchen Initiative Surpasses 100 Locations Nationwide In Just Six Months

CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As the restaurant industry continues to navigate this challenging time, Wow Bao, the fast-casual Asian concept steaming up bao, potstickers and more, is proud to announce that its groundbreaking Dark Kitchen initiative has surpassed 100 locations nationwide in only a six month time frame, an unprecedented amount for the restaurant industry. The program, developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist restaurants and increase margins and profits, is now more vital than ever, as it has been a significant way to help restaurants survive this uncertain moment.

“In November 2019, we created a way to help restaurants grow top line sales and bottom line profits,” said Geoff Alexander, Wow Bao President & CEO. “Although we didn’t envision this initiative as a response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are proud to say our Dark Kitchen platform is assisting operators to help pay rent and employ staff in order to survive this difficult time.”

Unlike Ghost Kitchens, which allow restaurants to rent space at larger kitchen facilities, Wow Bao’s model offers brick and mortar restaurants alternative sources of revenue by using their existing kitchen space to prepare Wow Bao’s menu offerings. Items are made and shipped frozen to the participating restaurants, prepared by the restaurant’s kitchen staff and made available to consumers through third-party delivery services including, DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, Postmates and Caviar.

The goal of Wow Bao’s Dark Kitchen is for operators to achieve a minimum of $2,000 in weekly sales within the first six weeks of launch. Multiple operating partners have already surpassed $5,000 in weekly sales; generating an annual run rate of $260,000 with a projected bottom line of more than $100,000. Additionally, the Dark Kitchen program revives the supply chain by increasing demand, thereby supporting farmers and food suppliers, as well as the operating restaurants, staff and third-party delivery services in the process.

“When we first started engaging with Wow Bao, our discussions quickly changed from ‘why do we want to do this?’ to ‘why wouldn’t we want to do this?’” said Buster Minshew of MFM Group, LLC. “From the onset, we were impressed with the quality of food and the simplicity of execution. We have looked at other Dark Kitchen concepts, but have not discovered any other that is so simple to get up and running. The initial investment is minimal; there is virtually zero prep required so it requires no additional labor, the training tools make it very easy for our teams to absorb into the operation and the food is fantastic. We are proud to be part of the Wow Bao Dark Kitchen team.”

“The Dark Kitchen program has been a seamless integration into our operations,” says Edmund Woo, Owner of Saskatoon Lodge in Greenville, South Carolina. “I have trained existing employees to handle the production at virtually no incremental cost. The ability to not only continue operating during such a vulnerable time, but to help increase margins, is instrumental to help maintain business.”

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WOW House: Spacious Home Boasts Gourmet Kitchen, Stone Fireplace

HERNDON, VA — Welcome home to this sparkling, well-maintained home on an oversized, private .61-acre sanctuary, with approximately 5, 700 square feet of finished space in the Langley School Pyramid. This Laing-built Wilde model features four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and hardwood floors throughout the main and upper levels.

  • Address: 1067 Methven Ct, Herndon, Virginia
  • Price: $1,065,000
  • Square Feet: 5700
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1997
  • Features: The gourmet kitchen with newer 5-burner stove (2019), Electrolux double oven, and large pantry, incorporates eat-in space, a light-filled breakfast room that opens to a large great room with two-story soaring windows and a beautiful stone fireplace with gas insert. The expansive foyer showcases a striking, custom-crafted curved staircase with wrought iron detail. This open and functional main level also features a formal living room with beautiful, vaulted ceiling and palladian windows, a dining room with double chandeliers, and a quiet office with bay window, perfect to maximize work from home efficiency! Access the grand owner’s suite and three additional bedrooms from the curved staircase or the secondary back staircase. The large owner’s suite features a sitting area, separate walk-in closets, a fully renovated master bath with jetted tub and roomy shower with frameless doors. All bedrooms feature ceiling fans and large windows offering plenty of sunlight. A gorgeous sweeping back yard with garden space, grape arbor, mature shade trees and landscaping provide privacy for outdoor games and entertaining. The walk-up lower level boasts a custom-built wet bar with double wine coolers and kegerator, an expansive recreation room with gas fireplace, bonus room, full bath, storage room, laundry, workshop and plenty of extra closet space! (Pool table lamp does not convey) Perfect for commuters with direct access to Fairfax County Parkway and Route 7, quick walk to Grand Hamptons Soccer Field Park, 5 to 12 minutes to Reston Town Center, Route 28, 267, Dulles Airport, Dulles Technology Corridor, and Wiehle Metro Station. Close shopping and restaurants!

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WOW House: Sun-Soaked Townhome Boasts Expanded Designer Kitchen

ARLINGTON, VA — Spectacular sun-soaked and Southern facing end unit townhome in Fairlington. This is truly the creme de la creme of units offering tastefully expanded designer kitchen in 2019 with quartz counters, SS appliance package and upgraded cabinetry.

  • Address: 2801 S Columbus St, Arlington, Virginia
  • Price: $589,000
  • Square Feet: 1383
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Baths
  • Built: 1944
  • Features: Main level is perfect for entertaining with a wall of windows and elevated exposure giving the residence excellent privacy to enjoy their expansive balcony. Lower level features a true legal third bedroom with full size window egress and closet along with a great rec room (with two full size windows and great light) and renovated full bathroom w/ laundry access. Upper level boasts a spacious master bedroom with walk in closet and a second large bedroom with closet. Upper two levels have beautiful hardwood floors, brand new carpet on the lower level, all new windows (2018), new hvac (2014), new balcony (2014), new kitchen (2019), water heater replaced (2016). 2 permit parking spaces! Attic access through upper lvl hallway affords space for additional storage as well. Fairlington is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register as well as the National Register of Historic Places. Ideally located tust 5 miles to DC, Reagan Airport and 4 miles to the Pentagon Metro Station. Close proximity to Shirlington Village (theater, library, Harris Teeter grocery store, gym & endless restaurant options!), Bradlee Shopping Center (Fresh Market, Rite Aid, Starbucks & Safeway!), historic Old Town Alexandria & the BRAND NEW town center at the corner of King and Beauregard/Walter Reed (New Harris Teeter and restaurants a block away!) Abingdon Elementary School is just .5 miles away and Claremont Elementary School (Spanish immersion) is 1 mile from the property. If you seek the outdoors there is easy access to the bike path connected to Four Mile Run and WO&D trail. Community features include 6 pools, tot lot and 12 tennis courts. Welcome home!

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