Caterers, independent chefs, bakers, and food truck owners all face a similar issue when trying to grow their business: space. Access to kitchen space is critical to each of these businesses, but the cost of purchasing space and equipment, along with permits and licensing fees, can be very expensive. For businesses not ready for (or interested in) the cost of taking on their own space, booking hours in an existing commercial kitchen space can be a great option! In this blog, we will be sharing tips and information, and answering common questions about renting a commercial kitchen.
What is a commercial kitchen?
A commercial kitchen is a licensed, commercial grade, cooking and storage facility. Commercial kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own set of rules and regulations. Most commercial kitchens come fully equipped with an oven, grill, freezer, prep table, and dishwashing area. When deciding on a commercial kitchen, it is important to ask what is included. For example, some rentals will provide pots and pans, while others may ask that you bring your own.
There are different types of commercial kitchens available for rent.
1. A shared commercial kitchen: a larger facility shared by multiple tenants independently.
2. An established restaurant rents out their kitchen space during off hours.
3. A non-traditional kitchen space at a church, school, or community building, which may offer less in terms of equipment but still meets the health and safety standards.
Why rent a commercial kitchen?
As we mentioned, commercial kitchens are often rented by chefs, bakers, and food truck owners. However, commercial kitchens may also be used for pop-up restaurants, cooking classes, or to make batch food products for resale. No matter how you plan on using the space, booking a commercial kitchen comes with many benefits including:
– Less financial burden and commitment than purchasing your own space and equipment.
– Commercial kitchens meet all food regulation laws.
– Plenty of space and access to high tech kitchen appliances.
– Additional amenities such as cleaning and maintenance.
How much does it cost to book a commercial kitchen?
The cost of renting a commercial kitchen depends on many factors including location, size, how long you plan on renting and what is provided. On average a commercial kitchen space can range from $15 – $35 per hour.
How do I get started?
1. Have your documents in order. You will be required to show your business license, food handlers’ card, and a copy of your liability insurance.
2. Make a list of all your kitchen needs. As you research to find the best space for you, make sure the rental will provide what you are looking for. Additionally, you do not want to end up paying for more than you need.
3. Consider how much time you need. Decide on what days, times of the day, and the duration of time you will need to use a space. Then look for rentals that can accommodate your schedule.
GotSpot is the perfect place to find a commercial kitchen space in your area. GotSpot is an online marketplace for renting all kinds of commercial space. It’s free and easy to browse our list of available spaces. You’ll be able to search by needs, price range and location. Each rental space also includes photos and the ability to ask questions before booking. Get started by creating an account or browsing our current listings.