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Uber and Travis Kalanick Are in Business Again. This Time, as Competitors

Uber is testing a program in Paris, where it rents kitchen space to restaurants using its food-delivery app.

An UberEats branded box sits on a motor scooter.

An UberEats branded box sits on a motor scooter.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc. is already delivering billions of dollars’ worth of food for local restaurants. Soon it could be taking over their kitchens, too. The ride-hailing giant is testing a program where it rents out fully equipped, commercial-grade kitchens to serve businesses selling food on delivery apps like Uber Eats.

Last year, Uber’s food delivery team began quietly leasing real estate in Paris, according to a person familiar with the project. It has been stocking the space with ovens, refrigerators, sinks, stoves and other appliances, and renting them out to restauranteurs planning eateries that cater exclusively to delivery customers, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the pilot program hasn’t been disclosed publicly.