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Virtual Dining Concepts and Grubhub Announce Two Exclusive New Celebrity Virtual Brands: Mario's Tortas Lopez and Pauly D's Italian Subs

12/01/2020 | 01:13pm EST

Both Virtual Brands Available For Restaurants of Any Size To Add to Their Kitchens Now

Virtual Dining Concepts is launching two new celebrity-driven virtual restaurant brands: Mario’s Tortas Lopez and Pauly D’s Italian Subs. Exclusively on Grubhub, both are available for any independent and chain restaurants interested in generating incremental revenue by adding virtual brands to their existing kitchen.

With the challenges facing restaurateurs today, most markedly the drastic decrease in in-restaurant dining, virtual restaurant brands offer restaurant operators a lifeline—the ability to increase revenue while maintaining their core business. Virtual brands offer restaurant owners independent, delivery-only food brands that leverage their existing kitchens, staff, and equipment. This not only brings added revenue to the business, but also supports their employees and the entire food ecosystem.

With the added impact of celebrity ownership, Mario’s Tortas Lopez and Pauly D’s Italian Subs give restaurants the ability to attract new customers and increase sales, many of which have found they’re able to handle additional volume due to the downturn in business. The celebrity involvement, combined with the strength of Grubhub’s vast delivery network, positions these brands to take off running when they reach the market.

“There’s no question that it’s been an incredibly challenging year for restaurants. With the launch of new virtual concepts, we’re excited to partner with VDC and bring new, exclusive opportunities to our restaurant network,” said Kevin Kearns, Senior Vice President, Restaurant Network at Grubhub. “These concepts will not only help drive additional revenue now, helping in the current state of the industry, but also down the line when we start seeing the country fully reopen.”

Virtual Dining Concepts launched its first celebrity-owned brand, Tyga Bites, with hip-hop artist Tyga this past summer after the successful launch of its first virtual brand, Wing Squad, in February 2020.

“The power of celebrity Virtual Dining Concepts provides is an added value for restaurateurs across the country,” said Robert Earl, Co-Founder of Virtual Dining Concepts. “Similar to Tyga, Mario Lopez and DJ Pauly D come in as partners, playing an active role in marketing and promoting their brands to their millions of followers, driving revenue to the restaurants.”

As part of each brand, Virtual Dining Concepts will provide all necessary packaging, food ingredients, and will build and manage the menu listing on Grubhub. Restaurants interested in learning more can visit: https://get.grubhub.com/virtual-restaurants


Virtual Dining Concepts is the creator of virtual restaurant brands poised to expand the revenue of independent kitchens. The delivery-only infrastructure, proprietary online platform (with third-party delivery interface), and marketing strategy services guide existing restaurant operators from set-up to inception. Virtual Dining Concepts include celebrity-owned and non-celebrity brands with menus deriving from diverse cuisines including Italian, Mexican, American, and more. Menus are available for order online through their individual websites and via most major third-party delivery services. For more information, please visit: www.virtualdiningconcepts.com.


Grubhub is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as nearly 30 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features over 300,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with approximately 245,000 of these restaurants in over 4,000 U.S. cities. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.

© Business Wire 2020
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