As entrepreneurs are finding it easier to pop up with their own food dreams, thanks to food trucks, food carts, and delivery services, we’re seeing a bigger than expected demand across the country for commercial kitchens. These are spaces outfitted with all the latest kitchen equipment, that meet the health codes in their region, and offer space for rent to bakers, cooks, and others. Are you interested in starting up your own commercial kitchen? Here are some tips to get you started.
You need the right licenses and identifications
Your business will need a business license for the specific city you’ll be operating out of. In most cases, it’ll be a DBA / Fictitious Business Name from your county. Talk to your accountant to find out about tax issues specific to your area and to learn if your business will need a federal tax ID number.
Find the right facility
In this one case, you’re going to focus on startup expenses instead of long-term expenses. On one hand, you could likely find an industrial space to which you added everything you need for a commercial kitchen. You’ll pay much less per month but you’ll have to buy all your ventilation equipment and other kitchen equipment.
The other option is to find an established kitchen, such as a vacant restaurant, and simply modify it to be a rental kitchen. With this option you’ll likely already have much of the equipment in place but on the downside you won’t be able to customize it as easily to fit your needs and the needs of your clients.
Education yourself on all pertinent codes and permits
Commercial food operations are generally very regulated. You’ll have a lot of things to learn about, including building codes, rules of the health department, and what type of fire suppression system you’ll need. Take a trip to your city office and let them know your plans. Remember that you’ll have to pass their inspections before your business can open. You don’t want surprises at the last minute so be sure to do your research well before you set up your kitchen.
You’ll need a lot of equipment
AS you begin planning what your kitchen will need, you’ll need to take into account the requirements to meet commercial codes but you’ll also need to find out what your competitors are offering and be sure you can meet or exceed them. Common examples of kitchen equipment include:
- Ventilation systems
- Sanitation equipment
- Food prep stations
- Fire safety
- Food storage
- Cooking equipment
- Food prep equipment
- First aid supplies
- Small equipment like pots, pans, bowls, etc.
Are you not sure where to start with your kitchen equipment? Let Hoodmart help! Contact us today to learn more about the many options we offer.