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Ex-Uber CEO’s ‘Cloud Kitchens’ Startup Aims To Open In North Center

Ald. Matt Martin's office will host a meeting on the proposed commercial kitchen at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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NORTH CENTER — Cloud Kitchens, a startup that rents commercial kitchen space to delivery-only restaurants, aims to convert a property in North Center to into a large kitchen for its clients.

The 10,440-square-foot building at 4131 N. Rockwell St. would be built out to include a 9,000-square-foot commercial kitchen that would be rented out, according to Ald. Matt Martin’s 47th Ward office. The alderman will host a meeting on the proposal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Boys and Girls Club, 2501 W. Irving Park Rd.

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has a controlling stake in the company. He helped found Uber in 2009, but resigned amid a cloud of crises that rocked the ride-sharing company, including allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. Forbes estimates his net worth at $4.8 billion.

Cloud Kitchen representatives haven’t said which restaurants they would rent space to yet, said Joshua Mark, Martin’s director of development and infrastructure. The startup is asking the city for a packaged goods liquor license and transient-oriented development designation, Mark said.

The building was once home to Ampcor Inc.

Based in Los Angeles, Cloud Kitchens previously announced “coming soon” locations in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

In 2018, the startup’s owners considered opening a Cloud Kitchens location at a former carpet warehouse at 2041-2059 W. Race St. in West Town. It’s unclear what happened to those previous plans.

Representatives from Cloud Kitchens did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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