PopID Expands Face-Based Identify Verification Service to Entry Applications

Integration of PopID’s Cloud-based Software Into Door Entry Hardware Creates Simpler and More Secure Method for Access Control in Commercial Buildings

PASADENA, Calif., October 24, 2019 (Newswire.com) – ​PopID, a Cali Group company, announced today that its personal digital identity service can now be used to more conveniently unlock doors in workplaces. The platform is now being used in various locations in the Los Angeles area to enable employees to enter their access-controlled buildings using only their face. Managers of buildings that currently utilize electronic key cards or smartphones for controlled access into and inside of the buildings can replace their existing entry system with the PopID entry system; when a registered PopID member that is authorized to enter taps the PopID button on the entry module, the door unlocks. For those workers that do not wish to use biometrics to authenticate, key cards and mobile devices can also be used with the PopID hardware to unlock the doors. Building managers
can designate authorized employees and hours of entry at each location.

“Phone-based entry systems have been replacing electronic key cards, and PopID powered entry systems offer several advantages over phone-based entry systems,” explained Scott Ziola, President of Ziola Enterprises, a firm specializing in access control systems. “In addition to being faster than phone-based entry systems, PopID allows consumers to enter even when their phone batteries fail or they just left their phone in the car.” Ziola continued: “Further, unlike traditional access control solutions, PopID will soon provide building and facility managers with alerts about tailgaters following authorized users into a secure location without installing any additional equipment.”

Over the last two years, PopID has enabled thousands of consumers at restaurant chains ​across the country to quickly and easily access their loyalty accounts, view and select from past orders and pay at self-service kiosks. Consumers can register once for PopID at www.popid.com and then use service at participating restaurant chains to order and pay without having a credit card, as well as to enter their workplace without having an electronic key card. The initial deployments of the PopID door entry system will be in close proximity to areas where PopID is already being used by consumers for food ordering and payment.

“The expansion of our platform from kiosk check-in and payment authentication to door entry authentication illustrates how personal digital identity will become an important part of everyday life,” said John Miller, Chairman of Cali Group and CEO of PopID. “We believe the PopID service will be trusted by both businesses and consumers in any situation where individual identities must be confirmed, in various environments in the physical world as well as the digital world.”
For more information about PopID and all of its solutions, visit PopID.com.

ABOUT PopID:
PopID offers a cloud-based platform that enables consumers to authenticate their identity using facial recognition. The PopID platform is available through the company’s line of self-ordering kiosks or readily integrated into customers’ existing hardware. Founded in 2016, PopID is revolutionizing customer interactions at brick-and-mortar businesses via kiosk ordering and payment processing, as well as streamlining identify verification for building entry at commercial, residential and professional facilities. Learn more about PopID’s vision at PopID.com.

Kitchen United Raises $40M to Fuel the Future of Restaurants as Preferences Shift to Off-Premise Consumption

Series B, co-led by RXR Realty and GV, will bring first Kitchen United kitchen centers to NYC market

September 19, 2019 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, the kitchen as a service company built to serve the fast growing world of off-premise dining, today announced it has closed on its $40 million Series B funding round. The round was co-led by RXR Realty – one of New York City’s largest real estate owners, investors, operators and developers – and GV, with participation by certain funds managed by Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, DivcoWest and G Squared. Existing investors and founders John Miller, Harry Tsao and others also participated in the round.

As part of its relationship with RXR Realty, Kitchen United will be entering the New York City market, with kitchen centers opening in RXR and other properties in the tristate area. The company continues to seek out attractive properties in its primary growth markets, which include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.

“We share Kitchen United’s vision for the future of the restaurant industry and believe the consumer shift toward off-premise dining is already having a huge impact on both residential and commercial real estate,” said Scott Rechler, Chairman & CEO of RXR Realty. “We are thrilled to be an early supporter of Kitchen United and look forward to working together to change how New Yorkers live, work, play, and stay.”

RXR Realty is a vertically integrated private real estate company, with its core growth strategy focused on New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area, a priority market for Kitchen United as it marches forward on its path to enable restaurant growth, success and expansion.

“In just over two years, we have only scratched the surface on the massive opportunity for brands to serve their guests where they want to be served, which is increasingly outside their traditional four wall space,” said Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United. “We’re incredibly appreciative of our investors who understand the opportunity we present as a strategic real estate partner, meeting the needs of the top restaurant brands in the country as they find new ways to serve their loyal customers.”

Launched in 2017, Kitchen United offers innovative restaurant chains a value-driven, low-risk opportunity to grow their business without the high cost of building out a standalone restaurant. According to William Blair, U.S. off-premise restaurant sales in 2018 were $279B, with an expectation for that number to grow to $402B in 2022. Kitchen United’s commerical kitchen centers each house 10 to 15 restaurant brands, allowing the restaurant to focus on the food, while Kitchen United takes care of the rest. With locations open in Pasadena and Chicago, Kitchen United will soon open in Scottsdale and Austin, with additional sites under construction in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other major markets.

About Kitchen United

Kitchen United is a kitchen as a service company that provides restaurant operators with a value-driven, low-risk way to enter into new markets, grow revenue through off-premise dining and expand delivery areas by removing barriers such as capital or technology challenges. For additional information, please visit: http://www.kitchenunited.com.

About RXR Realty

RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”), is a New York-based, vertically integrated real estate operating and development company with expertise in a wide array of value creation activities, including distressed investments, uncovering value in complex transactions, structured finance investments and real estate development. RXR’s core growth strategy is focused on New York City and the surrounding region. The RXR platform manages 68 commercial real estate properties and investments with an aggregate gross asset value of approximately $18.8 billion, comprising approximately 24.5 million square feet of commercial operating properties and approximately 6,300 multi-family and for sale units in various stages of development in the New York Metropolitan area.

Contacts

Kate Ottavio-Kent, ICR for Kitchen United
KitchenUnitedPR@icrinc.com 
(203) 682-8276

Super League Gaming Partners With Tencent Games To Bring PUBG MOBILE Amateur Esports To U.S. Players

Super League Will Provide Competitive Experiences to PUBG MOBILE Players in Local Communities Nationwide and Create New PUBG MOBILE Content Programming Across Social and Digital Platforms

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Super League Gaming (“Super League” or the “Company”) (NasdaqCM: SLGG), a leading community of gamers who connect through the Company’s live, digital and social content brands and experiences, today announced a partnership with Tencent Games, the largest video game publisher in the world based in Shenzhen, China, to bring PUBG MOBILE content and experiences to gamers throughout the U.S. Super League will work with Tencent to build local and digital PUBG MOBILE communities through amateur leagues and competitions, live stream broadcasts, and original video-on-demand content. With a growing audience across digital and social platforms, Super League will apply its proven formula to PUBG MOBILE of celebrating everyday players based on their gameplay achievements and diverse personal stories.

“PUBG MOBILE fits perfectly within Super League’s expanding offerings for more than 100 million enthusiastic gamers across the country,” said Super League’s CEO Ann Hand. “It delivers on every level with fun gameplay, competitive intensity and a passionate player base. We could not be more excited to launch this program with Tencent across our nationwide venue network, SuperLeagueTV and our recently acquired Framerate social video network.”

PUBG MOBILE is one of the top mobile games in the world with more than 400 million downloads and 50 million daily users, and is one of Tencent Game’s most successful mobile franchises. Super League’s new PUBG MOBILE experiences will include local, social gameplay nights, as well as a “City Champs” league. City Champs is Super League’s premium competitive franchise, creating a powerful bond between gamers as they battle together on behalf of their hometown and compete for city pride. The new experiences are expected to begin rolling out in September of this year.

“Tencent Games is thrilled to work with Super League and bring amateur PUBG MOBILE esports to the U.S.,” said Tencent Games’ Neo Liu, Head of North American Publishing, “The live, local gamer communities that Super League develops, and the personally engaging content produced and distributed through their digital and social channels will delight PUBG MOBILE players and help drive ongoing growth of the game.”

About Super League Gaming
Super League Gaming, Inc. (NasdaqCM: SLGG) is a leading esports community and content platform for competitive, everyday gamers, fans and friends of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on positive and inclusive gameplay, Super League enables players to experience their sport like the pros while also developing sportsmanship, communication and team-building skills. Powered by a proprietary technology platform, Super League operates physical and digital experiences in partnership with publishers of top-tier games. Local movie theatres, PC cafes, restaurant and entertainment venues are transformed into esports arenas where gamers compete, socialize, spectate and celebrate the amateur esports lifestyle. Super League’s platform offers unique amateur esports experiences that not only ratchet up the competition for avid gamers, but also attract audiences with elite amateur broadcasts that transform physical venues as well as fuel SuperLeagueTV’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

About Tencent Games
Tencent Games is the leading global platform for game development, publishing and operation, as well as operator of the largest online games community in China. The company is dedicated to offering high-quality interactive entertainment experiences for all players across the globe. It currently offers more than 140 self-developed and licensed games in more than 200 countries and regions, providing hundreds of millions of users with cross-platform interactive entertainment experiences. Honor of Kings, PUBG MOBILE and League of Legends among others are some of Tencent Games’ most popular titles around the world.

About PUBG MOBILE
PUBG MOBILE is based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Investor Relations:
Sean McGowan and Cody Slach
Gateway Investor Relations
(949) 574-3860
SLG@gatewayir.com

Media Contacts:
Ranese Southerland
B/HI for Tencent Games
Ranese_Southerland@bhimpact.com

Ann Kaiser
High10 Media for Super League Gaming
(212) 918-2029
ann@high10media.com

Source: Super League Gaming
Released August 14, 2019

Super League Gaming and ggCircuit Partner to Bring Super League Esports Experiences to Hundreds of Gaming Centers Throughout the U.S.

A first-of-its-kind partnership will enable esports gaming centers that use ggCircuit’s venue management software to seamlessly offer Super League events to local gamers

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Super League Gaming (NASDAQ: SLGG), a leading platform unifying communities of amateur esports players and fans across game titles and skill levels, and ggCircuit, a leading esports center services company, announced today a new partnership through which Super League experiences will be rolled out across ggCircuit’s esports center footprint. The collaboration will enable easy access to local and national Super League competitions everywhere ggCircuit’s “ggLeap” center management software is installed.

Super League Gaming has produced more than 2,500 live esports tournaments and events featuring game titles such as League of Legends, Clash Royale, Minecraft and Fortnite. The company’s proprietary technology platform powers premium in-person competitive experiences at scale, transforming physical venues into pop-up esports arenas complete with jumbotron-like visualization on available monitors and screens.

ggCircuit’s industry leading venue management software, ggLeap, is used by more than 915 gaming centers globally through which more than 1,000,000 unique players have created local accounts over 24 months. With ggLeap, esport center managers provide gamers with personalization and rewards that engender increased player loyalty to the venue.

“Partnering with ggCircuit was a natural step in Super League’s mission to provide every gamer with regular opportunities to participate in events and leagues within a venue close to their home,” said Matt Edelman, chief commercial officer of Super League Gaming. “We are fortunate to have aligned with a company that shares our commitment to supporting the growth of local player communities through best-in-class solutions and experiences.”

“Our automated venue management software unifies hundreds of esports centers and helps them establish lasting connections with gamers in their local community,” said Mark Nielsen, chief operating officer and co-founder of ggCircuit. “With Super League as a partner, ggCircuit will be able to deepen that connection by making it easy for esports centers to offer Super League’s premium social esports experiences.”

The first Super League program will be available to esports gaming centers in June.

About Super League Gaming
Super League Gaming (www.SuperLeague.com) is a leading esports community for gamers, competitors, fans and friends of all ages and skill levels. With a focus on positive and inclusive gameplay, Super League enables players to experience their sport like the pros. Powered by a proprietary technology platform, Super League operates in-person and digital leagues in partnership with publishers of top-tier games such as League of Legends, Minecraft and Clash Royale. Local movie theaters, PC cafes and restaurant and retail venues are transformed into esports arenas where players compete while also developing sportsmanship, communication and team-building skills. Super League’s primary programs consist of: the first and only city-vs-city amateur esports competition in which players compete in-person on behalf of their hometown as members of Super League’s City Clubs; monthly tournaments throughout the year playable both from home and a multitude of physical locations across the U.S.; and special events produced in partnership with consumer brands, entertainment companies and game publishers, all powered by the Super League platform. SuperLeagueTV supports all Super League experiences with live streams of the competitions and original video-on-demand content on Twitch and YouTube.

About ggCircuit
ggCircuit started out as a grassroots movement in 2008 by a group of passionate LAN Center owners/managers that wanted to provide better management software for cybercafes, universities and LAN centers worldwide. Drawing on their collective experience they developed a state-of-the-art software management system, ggLeap, that was not only easy and flexible for centers to use, but also delivered end user features that kept gamers engaged, offering more benefits than they would get by playing at home.

Since ggCircuit’s humble beginnings the company has evolved into a fully-fledged esports services company providing not only center management software solutions, but also rolling out a global competition and reward system, managed esports events and tournaments and center consulting support services.

As the esports scene continues to grow, ggCircuit is expanding and is positioned to iterate, improve and add services and solutions for centers, business partners and gamers across the globe.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Media Contact:
Ann Kaiser
(212) 918-2029
ann@high10media.com

Investor Relations:
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Liolios
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Kitchen United Announces Newest Markets for Expansion

Company to open Kitchen Centers in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with second location coming to Chicago

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, the GV-backed start-up creating a new way for restaurant brands to expand via off-premise optimized kitchen centers, today announced that it has signed lease agreements bringing new locations to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a second location to Chicago in the Fulton Market District. The off-premise kitchen concept currently has locations in Pasadena and Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and new kitchen centers scheduled to open this year in Atlanta, Columbus, Austin and Scottsdale.

“The popularity of off-premise consumption in the restaurant industry – through both third-party delivery and pick-up – has quickly evolved from something that’s exciting and interesting to talk about, to something that is an absolute must for many restaurants across the country”

“The popularity of off-premise consumption in the restaurant industry – through both third-party delivery and pick-up – has quickly evolved from something that’s exciting and interesting to talk about, to something that is an absolute must for many restaurants across the country,” said Massimo Noja De Marco, Chief Culinary Officer and Founder of Kitchen United. “The opportunity to improve the customer experience by providing food for consumption outside the four walls of the restaurant space is undeniable. We are thrilled to bring our kitchen centers to San Francisco and Los Angeles and to expand into a new neighborhood in Chicago, providing a turnkey solution for growing brands in each market.”

Each of the newest locations is in the process of accepting restaurant partners. The first kitchen center in San Francisco is located at Kilroy’s new 100 Hooper Street development, on the ground floor of Adobe’s San Francisco offices. This location will have retail and outdoor seating in a neighborhood where there are few other food options available. It also provides easy access downtown for delivery providers. The Los Angeles kitchen center is located at 52 W. Pico Boulevard with access to downtown L.A.’s dense residential and corporate city center. The newest Chicago kitchen center is located in Fulton Market at 201 N. Elizabeth Street, where it is surrounded by new residential development and a strong millennial and Gen Z population.

Kitchen United’s commercial kitchen spaces provide restaurant operators the ability to increase revenue by expanding their off-premise delivery, pickup and catering business, as well as enter new markets without the expensive build-out of a new restaurant. The company provides its restaurant partners with consumer and operational insights, allowing concepts to tailor their business to best meet local demand, improve efficiency and drive revenue growth. The company is expanding across the U.S. to other major metropolitan areas with plans to end the year with 15 kitchen centers open, each housing between 10 and 15 restaurant brands.

About Kitchen United

Kitchen United is a GV-backed virtual kitchen company that provides restaurant operators with a value-driven, low-risk way to enter into new markets, grow revenue through off-premise dining and expand delivery areas by removing barriers such as capital or technology challenges. Each Kitchen United kitchen center is home to approximately 10 to 20 restaurant partners who leverage the company’s exper

PopID, the Universal Authentication Service Trusted by Consumers and Merchants, Closes Series A Financing

Round Includes Leading Tech Investors and Restaurant Operators

PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: APR 17, 2019 07:00 EDT

PASADENA, Calif., April 17, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Cali Group, a food tech holding company, announced today that PopID, ‎a company co-founded and seeded by Cali Group, has closed a $5M Series A financing. Wavemaker led the round, and Cali Group made a significant follow on investment. Other investors in the deal included franchise operators of some of the largest global restaurant brands and owners of Stoner’s Pizza Joint, Park Burger, and Bird Call. Inflection Capital and NRD Capital, a private equity firm with substantial restaurant holdings, also participated.

PopID is rapidly building a two-sided marketplace comprised of: (1) registered consumers that prefer to use one face authentication service for various purposes across multiple channels; and (2) brick and mortar merchants that install PopID software on their kiosks, POS systems, and payment terminals. Consumers ‎register for PopID to increase convenience and also have more personalized experiences in brick and mortar environments, and merchants utilize PopID to reduce ordering time and credit card processing fees. PopID is currently focused on‎ the restaurant industry; the platform is being used by various restaurant operators on or near a dozen college campuses and thousands of college students. As the network of registered users increases in the future, the company plans to move into other uses of its face gateway in retail payments, ticketing, and building entry. Consumers will be able to register for PopID once and use it throughout their daily lives.

“The number of restaurant operators investing in this round illustrates the benefits of PopID for both merchants and Millennial consumers,” said John Miller, Chairman of Cali Group and acting CEO of PopID. “We are seeing a network effect for growth of this platform: every new merchant that purchases PopID software for operational ‎and cost reasons results in thousands of new PopID registered users; and the rapid increase in registered users is resulting in larger chains seeking to adopt the technology.”

PopID leveraged Cali Group’s infrastructure for incubating new restaurant technology products. PopID was tested and optimized in the CaliBurger restaurant chain owned by Cali Group. Cali Group has also co-founded and made substantial investments ‎in Super League Gaming, Miso Robotics, and Kitchen United.

ABOUT PopID:

PopID is a universal gateway for identity verification through facial recognition. Learn more about the PopID vision at PopID.com. For more information please contact Virginia Dadey, VDadey@popid.com or (917) 848-0748.

ABOUT CALI GROUP:

Cali Group is a holding company that comprises significant ownership positions in various technology companies developing software products to digitize and automate the brick and mortar world. Cali Group uses the brands in its restaurant operating division to prove out the viability of new technologies for the restaurant and retail industries. For more information, visit www.thecaligroup.com

Super League Gaming, Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Super League Gaming, Inc. (the “Company”), a leading amateur esports community and content platform, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 2,272,727 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $11.00 per share. The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market on February 26, 2019 under the symbol “SLGG.” All of the shares are being offered by the Company. In addition, the Company has offered the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase from the Company up to an additional 340,909 shares of common stock at the initial public offering price, less the underwriting discount, to cover over-allotments, if any. The initial public offering is expected to close on February 28, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes, including sales and marketing activities, product development and capital expenditures.

Northland Securities, Inc. and Lake Street Capital Markets, LLC are acting as the joint book-running managers and National Securities Corporation is acting as the co-manager for the initial public offering.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with and was declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

The offering is being made only by means of a written prospectus forming part of the effective registration statement. A copy of the final prospectus related to the offering may be obtained, when available, by contacting Northland Securities Inc., Attention: Heidi Fletcher, 150 South Fifth Street, Suite 3300, Minneapolis, MN 55402, email hfletcher@northlandcapitalmarkets.com or telephone (612) 851-4918 or Lake Street Capital Markets, LLC, Attention: Syndicate Dept., 920 Second Avenue South, Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN 55402, email syndicate@lakestreetcm.com or telephone (612) 326-1305.

About Super League

Super League is a preeminent and unifying community for amateur esports players. Through premium in-person and digital events and leagues featuring top-tier games such as League of Legends, Minecraft and Clash Royale, Super League provides competitive video gamers with opportunities to experience their sport like the pros within a social environment that fosters positive communication, good sportsmanship and teamwork. Super League’s proprietary technology platform transforms local movie theaters, PC cafes and restaurant and retail venues into esports arenas, facilitating critical components of successful competitions such as player match-making, tournament operations, data visualization, and local and national live broadcasts, all across a wide variety of competitive formats.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including the anticipated use of the net proceeds. No assurance can be given that the offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement and preliminary prospectus filed with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law.

Contacts

Investor Relations:
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Cali Group Announces Expansion of CaliBurger Brand

PASADENA, Calif., December 13, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Cali Group’s restaurant operating division Cali Group Restaurants Concepts Inc. announced expansion plans for the CaliBurger brand in different regions.    

North America

In North America, CaliBurger will continue to grow steadily on the West Coast and East Coast. The new “CaliBurger Version 2.0” will feature kiosks with loyalty and payment programs based on Cali Group’s POPIQ facial recognition platform. Additionally, the new CaliBurger kitchens are designed for Flippy (by Miso Robotics) to cook burger patties on the grill and french fries in the fryers. A new CaliBurger restaurant will open at Westlake Village in downtown Seattle in late December and another unit will also open in early 2019 in Surrey, Canada. A second drive-through is under construction in Southern California.  

Recently, CaliBurger signed an Area Development agreement to enter the Florida market in partnership with Jeff Burns and Tim Fredric, formerly a multi-unit McDonald’s operator. The first store in Florida will open in Fort Myers in Q3 2019. “We look forward to showcasing Cali Group’s technologies for interactive gaming, face-based ordering and an automated kitchen in Florida next year,” said Mr. Fredric.     

Latin America

CaliBurger has three restaurants operating in Mexico and three new restaurants will open in December. Fourteen new CaliBurger restaurants are expected to open in Mexico in 2019. CaliBurger will launch Cali Group’s POPIQ platform in the Mexico market at the upcoming opening of its Monterrey store. “We will be the first business in Latin America to allow customers to pay using their faces instead of their credit cards,” said Juan Carlos Orea Sordo, manager of CaliBurger Mexico.    

Asia  

In Asia, CaliBurger will open its next restaurant in early 2019 on Hainan Island in Sanya, China. The 200-square-meter restaurant will be a premier offering in the front of Sanya Haitang Fantasy Town, a newly built amusement park.    

Middle East 

CaliBurger continues to operate restaurants throughout the Middle East. New stores will open in 2019 in Kuwait and other countries

Source: Cali Group

Kitchen United Opens Newest Kitchen Center in Chicago

Virtual Restaurant Concept Introducing Next Location in River North Neighborhood in November, Opening to Public in January

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen United, a Los Angeles-based virtual restaurant provider, today announced the opening of its next kitchen center at 825 N. Sedgwick St. in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Coming on the heels of a $10M funding round led by GV, Kitchen United will work with restaurant partners to begin move-in in mid-December, and will start serving Chicago consumers in January.

With this launch, Kitchen United is offering national, regional and local restaurant chains a value-driven, low-risk opportunity to offload busy and disruptive off premise operations, or find entry into the Chicago market. Kitchen United already has commitments from several large restaurant chains who will be moving into the facility, and expects that this location will be fully subscribed by the time it starts serving consumers in early 2019.

Kitchen United’s “kitchen centers” are facilities that can house 10-20 restaurants with commercial kitchens optimized specifically for the catering, delivery and takeout marketplace. The company creates turnkey solutions for restaurants and positions its kitchen facilities in areas where demand is high and the local restaurant infrastructure is strained by the influx of non-traditional business. Chicago’s vibrant and fast growing River North ward is a perfect location and the company is excited to be opening its first location outside of California in such a busy environment.

“We select locations for our kitchen centers very carefully, and this space passed our site selection process with flying colors,” said Jim Collins, CEO of Kitchen United. “River North has an extremely high demand for food delivery, catering and pickup services. Restaurants in the area are stressed by the new business and the new facility will cater to both the in-place community, as well as bringing new dining options into the area to meet rising consumer demand.”

Kitchen United’s core business serves local, regional and national chains, but the company reserves space in each facility to enable restaurant and food service entrepreneurs an opportunity to start or expand their business and River North will provide space for this purpose as well.

“Changes in consumer preference are dramatically shaping the food landscape across the country,” said Chief Operating Officer of Kitchen United, Meredith Sandland. “Our facilities are designed to empower local and national restaurants to meet the demand for more off-premise dining options in their most relevant target markets. We’re thrilled to bring our next kitchen center to life in Chicago, and are hard at work to meet our expansion goals for the year ahead.”

Chicago is the second market for Kitchen United’s shared kitchen spaces and the company has aggressive growth plans for the year ahead. In 2019, the company is slated to open new facilities in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver and New York City. As a data-driven organization, Kitchen United identifies the most promising locations for its kitchen centers by aggregating insights on demographics, income levels and cuisine-specific demand as well as drive time, traffic patterns and other data. The company also provides its restaurant partners opt-in consumer and operational data to tailor their businesses and menus to better meet local consumer demand and run more efficiently.

About Kitchen United

Kitchen United provides restaurant operators with a value-driven, low-risk way to easily expand into new markets, grow revenue through off-premise dining and expand existing delivery areas by removing common barriers, such as capital or technology expertise. For additional information, visit: http://www.kitchenunited.com.

CALI GROUP PRESENTS VISION FOR FOOD JUSTICE

Cali Group CEO to Discuss White Paper at the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Innovation Summit

October 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA – Cali Group released today its vision for the future of the restaurant industry in a white paper entitled “Food Justice,” available for download at Food Justice. Authored by the partners of Cali Group, the paper first describes how the restaurant industry has historically been criticized for contributing to socioeconomic inequality by delivering poor nutrition to low income communities and serving as an employment trap for low income workers. They then propose that new technologies and business model paradigms will benefit low income communities by: (1) enabling delivery of higher quality food at lower prices direct to homes; and (2) providing higher income and more rewarding jobs without necessarily reducing the total number of jobs available.

On November 8 at the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Innovation Summit, Cali Group Chairman and CEO John Miller will discuss the white paper as he co-moderates a session on restaurant automation. During the session, Mr. Miller will engage in a dialogue with political scientist Darrell West about the impact of new technologies on the American workforce and society. Dr. West is the author of a new book titled The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation.

ABOUT CALI GROUP
Cali Group is a holding company that comprises significant ownership positions in various technology companies developing software products to digitize and automate the brick and mortar world. Cali Group uses CaliBurger, a global restaurant chain that it operates as a subsidiary, to prove out the viability of new technologies for the restaurant and retail industries. For more information, visit www.thecaligroup.com.