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Virtual mac and cheese eatery opens at Left Bank in Menlo Park

Uploaded: Jun 15, 2020
Vine Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Left Bank Brasserie, LB Steak and Meso Modern Mediterranean, has launched its first virtual restaurant.

The takeout-only Mac'n Cheese Shop was in the works pre-pandemic but its debut was "expedited" due to COVID-19, said Tom Walton of Fortune Public Relations, who represents the restaurants.


A selection of takeout dishes from the virtual Mac'n Cheese Shop. Photo courtesy Mac'n Cheese Shop.

Virtual restaurants, a fast-growing trend in the Bay Area, operate out of existing restaurant kitchens or ghost kitchens but have no dining room or standalone physical space.

The Mac'n Cheese Shop is available for pickup and delivery from Left Bank in downtown Menlo Park and Meso Modern Mediterranean at Santana Row in San Jose.

The menu includes several mac and cheese variations — including one topped with Spam and a fried egg and a "surf and turf" option with shrimp, bacon and truffle oil — or you can build your own. There are also "mini" entrees such as marinated lamb, steak and roasted salmon.

The virtual restaurant is "open" for orders daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In September, Left Bank Menlo Park added a second virtual eatery: the Kebabery by Meso, available for delivery and pickup only. The menu includes several kinds of kebabs, including beef, chicken, swordfish and plant-based Impossible Meats, available in a lavash wrap, on a salad or over rice pilaf.
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Posted by Paul, a resident of another community,
on Jun 15, 2020 at 11:25 am

And how's that different from regular pickup? The reporter defines virtual restaurants as places that “have no dining room or standalone physical space". The fact that these options are available for pickup from RESTAURANTS makes it everything but a virtual restaurant. It's “pickup" by another - Marketing - name. Makes the whole article a sham and the reporter's credibility too.


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Posted by Thank you, Paul, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Jun 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Thank you, Paul, for this super insightful, useful, and true comment. You read the article clearly and carefully. It really shows!

To the writer: Thank you! Actually! Excited for this, and I hadn't learned about virtual restaurants before. Super cool!


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