RentIng a Commercial Kitchen Advise, Tips or Tricks?

Discussion in 'Professional Catering' started by piebird13, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. piebird13

    piebird13

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    Tell me if you've heard this one before:

    "I'm trying to hunt down a rental kitchen for an reasonable price in West Los Angeles, any hints?"

    Basically I'm looking to create freshly packaged foods for my local farmer's market though am finding a hard time hunting down a rental kitchen.

    Here's the dream aka what I'm looking for:

    Day 1 (8+ hrs)

    • Walk-in/fridge space to store fresh raw produce.

    • 8 hour day to prep (roast, oven dry, marinate).

    • Walk-in/fridge space to store prepped produce.

    • MUST HAVE OVEN/GRILL ON SITE.

    Day 2 (8+ hrs)

    • 8 hour day to create and package food.

    • Walk-in/fridge space to store packaged food.

    • Walk-in/freezer space to store coolers/chill containers.

    • MUST HAVE ICE MAKER ON SITE.

    Day 3 (30 min. - 1 hr.)

    • Early morning pick up to deliver/sell at farmer's market.

    I know this is 'The Impossible List' but I'm looking for something close to this for under $19.00 an hour, maybe $12.00-15.00 if I'm lucky [fingers crossed]. The plan is 16+ kitchen hours to start until I can land three days a week at the local farmer's market. Once production get's going I would probably need to do a month to month rental.

    Is this an attainable goal or am I just dreaming?

    -JSpirtos
     
  2. petemccracken

    petemccracken

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    Well, the 8 hour day may be a dream/img/vbsmilies/smilies/laser.gifbut check with your local health inspector, they know where every legal commercial kitchen is located and which ones may be interested in renting time.
     
     
  3. islands chef

    islands chef

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    When I was making my transition from a employee to owner one of the most difficult situations was finding inexpensive kitchen space. I eventually rented out a old restaurant and converted it to a catering kitchen. Now I lease time out to others to keep cost down. I found the space and tenants on Craigslist. Try searching "base of operations".