HA! Crimson, my space is layed out so poorly, you wouldn't believe it! The building is OLD!!! It used to be 3 units connected end to end approx 10-12 feet in width by 60 feet in length total, so it's sort of like 3 train cars. The first unit has my office, catering storage, and dry good storage as well as a fridge and a freezer, no insulation and a monitor heater. When I sit at my desk, I can feel a breeze at my feet and ...no lie, either, my hair ruffles when it's windy. The second unit is my kitchen sans sink and refrigeration. I have 2 freezers, a conv oven, a regular house type stove, food prep sink and 2 hand sinks as well as 4 stainless tables and shelving. We're very cramped, but need everything in there for a baking area, sandwich prep, and general prep. The third unit is divided up into a tiny sitting/retail area with a bakery case and beverage cooler the rest is for the 3 bay sink, 2 door commercial fridge, and small counter for coffee and soup. This unit has another monitor heater. There are tables on the porch and picnic tables on the lawn. for a total of about 20 seats.
When I started, I was mainly catering and take-home meal prep. The tiny cafe/take out is an afterthought, but is my bread and butter during the off months for catering. I'd invest more $$ knowing what I know now and probably put the cafe in the front part (with insulation, a new floor, and a door that actually opens and closes without swearing and banging of course) keep the kitchen in the middle and use the back for storage/office/3 bay/refrigeration.
Heat is about $375/month and elect is $225 for a total of about $1400/month in the winter months. And, in case you hadn't heard, we're having our first real winter in years this year! I've spent $800 in heat alone since 12-7-07. I love winter, but my checking account is suffering.
Sorry, that was long winded..:rolleyes: