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Renting a kitchen

post #1 of 10
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Hi, My name is Beth and I live in Santa Monica, CA. I am in the process of starting a new catering business. I want to start small and need to find a kitchen to rent for a reasonable price. Any ideas?

post #2 of 10
Hello Beth and welcome to Chef Talk.

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post #3 of 10
When I first started up, I use to rent a kitchen from a strip joint. It was always free in the morning untill late evening. I got it very cheap because it was just sitting there and not being used. The trick to getting it even cheaper is to catered a staff party once a month at cost. I know it doesn't sound fantastic but it did the trick until I got enough capital together to buy my own location.
You don't have to go to the peelers though. Think of kitchens that are available that don't get used. Retirement homes. Restaurants that open at night so you can work in them early morning. So on and so forth. Just make sure you have documentation for the health board.
post #4 of 10
No solutions, but an idea for you to weigh. Most communities have fraternal organizations and similar groups that serve dinners to members and guests. Some of the kitchens used by these organizations are first class (other are not) but you might find one in your area that suits your needs and, if the organization will rent it to you, perhaps you'd be able to put something together that works.
BPOE (Elks) Lodges, American Legion, VFW, Moose, etc. are just a few ideas that come to mind.
post #5 of 10
Any of you have experience with renting kitchens for single uses? My wife and I have kicked around the idea of baking/cooking various items but need a large kitchen to experiment with recipes.

Are restaurants willing to rent to people PRIOR to getting a business license and permits?
post #6 of 10

Starting kitchen

Try Craigslist
Bars are good as mentioned
Churches and schools may be into a trade

renting by the month will be cheaper than by the day unless you don't work much.
"You are only as good as who you hire."
"You are only as good as who you hire."
post #7 of 10
I tried renting from a church and they told me they cannot rent to someone who is making a profit. I wonder if this was just a religuis reason? Anyone out there know of a particular type of church that will rent out? I was considering this and gave up, too soon perhaps, but I needed to work so I gave up. People I worked with in the past and present tell me I should consider my own business.
I would certainly have quite a following and it would be a shame not to.

Cookie Mama from Long Island
post #8 of 10
Call Rick Enterprises in Burbank. They supply food prep rentals for the film industry and may be able to refer you to a kitchen in Santa Monica...maybe. Another suggestion would be to call or visit Surface restaurant supply and see if they can point you to a kitchen.

Rick Enterprises
(818) 762-2934

8777 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 559-4770
post #9 of 10

Opposite Issues

Well I can relate to your kitchen needs. I on the other hand have an awesome, complete mobile kitchen setup, and am having trouble finding a company to work with. I just relocated once again to the Reno/ Northern California area. If I can be of service to you, let me know as I am open to all ideas leading to a success. I have much to offer someone with an open mind. Thanks, Brian 480-239-0822
post #10 of 10

Re: Renting a kitchen

Yes you can get it in California. Just post your request on MiNeeds.com and service providers will place bids on your needs.
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