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RentIng a Commercial Kitchen Advise, Tips or Tricks?

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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
post #2 of 3

Well, the 8 hour day may be a dreamlaser.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.
 

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Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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post #3 of 3

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".

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