At lunch time in Seoul, a delivery worker is busy picking up his next food packages, but not from the restaurants that we normally see on the streets.
Rather right down these stairs, several food businesses produce a range of meals, from Korean food to pasta, and even iced coffee.
It's called a "shared kitchen" or "open kitchen".
The company that owns this kitchen rents out the shared kitchen tools and equipment to multiple startups.
"As more people have been ordering food due to the pandemic, the company says demand for the shared kitchen has also jumped by 30-percent."
"If you try to open a business, the cost that goes into things like dining areas and restrooms can be a burden which can increase risk for startups trying to launch their brands, especially during the pandemic."
These startups are able to cut costs by sharing kitchen facilities, delivery services, and a large storage area.
"We have been witnessing the food delivery market expand during the COVID-19 outbreak, so we checked out this place five months ago. Since then, sales have gone up steadily up to 5-thousand U.S. dollars."
Roughly 150 shared kitchen companies nationwide have been operating under the government's regulatory sandbox.
However, due to recent de-regulation of this policy, more shared kitchens are expected to appear, as demand for non-contact food services soars during the COVID-19 era.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.