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C3, Akara Living Partner on Ghost Kitchens for Serviced Apartments

C3 (Creating Culinary Communities), a food and beverage platform founded by Sam Nazarian, has formed a partnership with Chicago- and Miami-based Akara Living, founded by Rajen Shastri, to integrate ghost kitchens in Kenect, one of Akara Living’s serviced apartment brands.

The venture reportedly marks the first time a portfolio of residential properties utilizes in-house digital ghost kitchens to offer residents convenient and diversified dining options.

C3 kitchens will launch in Summer 2021 at Kenect properties in Nashville and Phoenix and will be included in all future Kenect properties. Akara Living launched Kenect in 2016 in Chicago’s River West district to connect work, living, fitness and social programming under one monthly membership.

“Rajen is a visionary whose foresight about the evolving needs of today’s professionals transformed residential real estate through the Kenect brand,” said Nazarian. “Together, our solution-driven businesses are paving the way for quality and convenience.”


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