Plano native and taco shop owner to open ghost kitchen in Plano Walmart

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Plano native and culinary savant Joon Choe is bringing his next culinary venture back to Plano – a ghost kitchen inside of a North Plano Walmart.

The Culinary Institute of America graduate opened a poke joint in Lower Greenville and Legacy Hall before turning to Preston Hollow to open a taco restaurant with partner Mohammad Qasim.

Now, Choe and Qasim are starting a new food journey after successfully running Public Taco through closures due to a tornado, a snowstorm and a global pandemic. The two are opening a new commercial ghost kitchen this summer to cook nationally known restaurant menu items from stores like Quiznos, Cheesecake Factory, Saladworks and more. DoorDash and Uber Eats drivers will then be able to pick up these items for delivery while Walmart shoppers order from touch screens for a grab-n’-go-style option.

The pair chose Walmart for the built-in customer base and opportunity to innovate the food-and-drink market at big-box stores, the pair told The Dallas Morning NewsInstead of seeing a McDonald’s or Burger King inside the store, customers will see Ghost Kitchen Brands. The kitchen will also allow for customers to combine orders from multiple restaurants on the same tab, something not usually possible for a traditional Uber Eats or DoorDash order.

The Ghost Kitchen Brands shop will open in six to eight weeks at 8801 Ohio Drive in Plano, following locations in Ontario, Quebec and New York State.

CORRECTION: June 15 4:48 p.m., the address was corrected from 801 Ohio Dr. to 8801 Ohio Drive. 

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