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Building a new catering kitchen from scratch.

post #1 of 4
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Hello. Recently, me and my partner decided to open a catering business and found a nice cheap warehouse about 5000sqft in our neighborhood. Since it is an industrial warehouse, I would like to know the price of building a catering kitchen in a warehouse. this would mean that installing new walls in warehouse area, electrical, plumbing, lightning, hvac, and everything in los angeles county. 

 

Thank you 

post #2 of 4

A lot.

 

How much?

 

Can't say untill I've seen the actual property and know the local codes in your area.

 

Your biggest cost will be ventilation--not the s/s hood, but the shaft from the hood to the roof, the extraction fans, and the make-up air system.

How much?

Dependent on the building and the location of the hood, which dictates the run of the shaft.

 

Next biggest cost will be plumbing.  This includes the grease trap, hot water heater (and ventilation for heater if using gas) popping holes in the cement floor slab (which includes x-raying the floor slab and coring)

 

Electrical comes next, and you will need 220 v and 3 ph services for some appliances like the d/washer.

 

My humble advice?

 

Look for run-down restaurants.  Even if it is a pile of (deleted) it still is cheaper to fix it up then it is to start with a clean slate.   

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post #3 of 4
As fp says its all location specific, but based on the 3 kitchens I've planned & helped build out
here in LA county, from what you described, I'd say off the top of my head about
80 to 100 thousand, starting from scratch, without even a blueprint.
With 5000 ft were you planning to have an attached venue?
If so, I would do the minimum hand, food and sanitation sinks, maybe a reach in fridge,
some work tables and start renting the whole thing out to local caterers til you continue the
upgrades.
If that's not feasible you're stuck.
Edited by Meezenplaz - 2/18/14 at 12:52pm
post #4 of 4

The amount of catering equipment you'd need could get quite pricey too.

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