BeChef plans 50-strong shared kitchen network across Japan

BeChef has launched a shared kitchen in Kyoto, with plans to host 300 eateries across Japan within the next three years.

The first BeChef + Kyoto-branded shared kitchen occupies a 50sqm area which features three separate kitchens. There is available space for up to six stores, which can work with different delivery services, including UberEats and Rakuten.

The Kyoto shared kitchen also houses a dine-in space for customers.

“For those involved in the restaurant business, I think opening a business independently is a big dream,” said Masafumi Tobe, representative director. “However, about 70 per cent of restaurants close after three years of operation, and it is said that [only] about 10 per cent of the stores are still open after 10 years.”

According to BeChef, brands opening at the BeChef + Kyoto shared kitchen will not be charged fees to move in or out and restaurants affected by Covid-19 will be exempted from administrative fees.

BeChef is to open more facilities in Fukuoka, Tokyo and Osaka later this year. The company said that it aims to host 300 eateries in 50 facilities nationwide within three years.


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