Epic Kitchens’ year-old Lakeview ghost kitchen location is closed until further notice

LAKEVIEW — Epic Kitchens, a ghost kitchen housing multiple restaurant kitchens under one roof, has closed its Lakeview location less than a year after opening.

Epic Kitchens’ Lakeview store at 3332 N. Broadway recently “closed [’til] further notice,” according to a sign. It was not immediately clear how long the closure would last, but the Epic Kitchens sign was removed from the space.

Representatives for the fast food brand did not return requests for comment.

Epic Kitchens opened in Lakeview in October with four brands that customers could order under the same ticket:

  • BurgerFi, a West Palm Beach burger joint known for its fresh, chef-prepared, all-natural food.
  • Pokeworks, the largest and fastest growing poke franchise in the country.
  • 800 degree pizza, a global pizza brand that makes its dough from scratch.
  • Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, a restaurant by the Bromberg brothers that serves “flavor-focused” fried chicken.

The concept allowed customers to mix and match restaurant orders, pay for everything on the same ticket, and have food served or delivered in one bag.

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The kiosks allow people to order from Epic Kitchens’ four restaurant brands under one ticket.

Last year, co-founder and CEO Murad Karimi said he decided to bring the company to Lakeview after the success of his first ghost kitchen in River West.

That location had about 14 brands short of its 1,000-square-foot kitchen at its peak, Karimi said. This place has also since closed.

The Lakeview restaurant was organized into two sections: a large dining room for eating in or picking up orders, and a smaller room for delivery drivers to pick up their orders.

The dining room had a service counter, touchscreen kiosks where people could order their food, tables and a drink dispenser, while the delivery room had lockers where bagged orders are kept until until the driver arrives to pick them up, Karimi said.

“We’ve separated the dining and takeout experience from the delivery driver experience so it’s faster and more convenient for customers and drivers alike,” Karimi said. “That way the dining room isn’t too crowded with delivery drivers, making it a better experience all round.”

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Epic Kitchens, 3332 N. Broadway, opened October 19, 2021.

After opening, Epic Kitchens expanded to include Pita Heaven, serving fresh Mediterranean dishes, and Egghead, offering coffee and breakfast, according to its website.

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