The latest ghost kitchen, or virtual restaurant, to emerge during the pandemic is backed by Grammy-nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa. Operated by Nextbite, a Denver-based company that creates delivery-only, on-demand food concepts, HotBox by Wiz launched in San Diego this week via all major delivery apps.
Khalifa, whose breakout album Rolling Papers was released in 2011, continues the stoner thread with a menu that includes Blazed Ends, or barbecue brisket burnt ends, a mashup of mac and cheese and buffalo chicken breaded in Hot Cheetos, lemon pepper and parmesan seasoned potato chips called Chip Hits, and a Mile High Dark Chocolate Brownie. There’s also chicken wings, a turkey burger, fried chicken sandwiches and lighter options like salads and rice bowls.
The initial rollout includes San Diego, LA, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver, Houston, and New York City, with voting for expansion to additional cities being conducted online.