Chicago celebrity chef Rick Bayless expands into ghost kitchens: Rick Bayless is turning his latest fast-casual concept, Tortazo, into a dark kitchen for his well-known Tortas Frontera brand. Tortazo opened in January at the base of Willis Tower, selling a menu of griddle-crisped tortas, chilaquiles, bowls and salads. When COVID hit, the restaurant temporarily closed.
Tortazo reopened recently for carryout and delivery orders now powered by Tillster, a digital ordering platform for restaurants.
Due to demand for Bayless’ famed Chicago O’Hare Airport brand Tortas Frontera, Bayless is now using the Tortazo’s kitchen as a dark kitchen for the concept. The famed tortas can now be ordered online for delivery in Chicago.
Bayless is also using ghost kitchen operator Kitchen United for delivery and carryout orders for Tortas Frontera, according to his website.
“We wanted to meet our customers where they are, so the transition to a ghost kitchen and digital ordering was critical,” Patrick Little, director of operations, said in a statement. “To be successful, we needed to get up and running quickly with a familiar and beloved brand, and Tillster’s solutions allowed us to deploy a new integrated digital system.”