C3 Links With Robot Delivery Service Coco

Los Angeles-based C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), the “ghost kitchen” company founded by Sam Nazarian, said it is partnering with robot delivery service Coco. According to C3, it is now delivering food from its virtual restaurant brands within two miles of its kitchens on Broadway and Main Street in Santa Monica, The Grove in West Hollywood, and in Los Feliz. Financial details of the deal between the companies were not announced. The two said they are now planning to serve additional Los Angeles neighborhoods and several other “major U.S. cities” through the partnership. C3 uses underutilized retail, hotel, and kitchen spaces to power “virtual” restaurants — restaurants which only exist online and through online and mobile ordering apps. Those virtual/ghost kitchens often use the branding of existing, well known restaurants, or might only exist in virtual form. According to C3, using robots for delivery is 30% faster than driver-based services.