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Cloud kitchens: Grab scrambles to keep up with the delivery economy

Singapore's super app moves into real estate to help restaurateurs lower costs

Entrepreneurial chefs have set up shop in Singapore's first GrabKitchen, where they serve up meals to diners who prefer to eat at home or work. (Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- Grab, one of Southeast Asia's two big super app providers, is now opening restaurants where almost no one eats. 

The business model, which Uber Technologies founder Travis Kalanick is betting as the next big thing, is sprouting in many parts in Asia. They're called cloud kitchens, and they exist almost solely for people who want to dine on restaurant-quality food, but at home or work.

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