After about a year and a half of operation, the ghost kitchen inside the N Shepherd & 11th Kroger has called it quits. Kitchen United Mix first announced a partnership with Kroger in 2021, with a location opening in a Los Angeles Ralph’s in early 2022. The Houston location was the first of two in Texas and the first specifically in a Kroger; the second in the state would be in Dallas. Upon opening in February 2022, Kitchen United Mix offered 15 restaurants out of this one location. The options were a mix of local selections (Burn’s BBQ, The Rustic), a few national chains (Fuddruckers, Bucca di Beppo), and lots of Ghost Kitchen exclusives (Mr. Beast Burger, Wing Zone). I visited the location once to sample the Fuddruckers shortly after opening. I visited the Kitchen United Mix last weekend to try its newest addition, Frenchy’s, only to be informed that the outpost had permanently closed at the end of October. The Kroger employee I spoke with was unsure why they had closed but was sure they wouldn’t be coming back. During my return visit, I noticed that the branding still featured restaurants that had long been pulled from the Kitchen United Mix lineup. According to the website, Bucca di Beppo is the only remaining original option. In addition to Frenchy’s other selections are Kabob Korner and Soul Good Vegan, both of which are local. It appears that the Dallas and Los Angeles Kitchen United Mix locations are currently in operation. It is unclear what will become of the space in the N Sheperd Kroger, but it’s unlikely the bar, which stood there prior, will return.
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