What You Need to Know About Using Commissary Kitchens

For a food maker with limited resources, it may seem impossible to find a kitchen for rent that doesn't completely crush your limited margins. With the explosion of food delivery services and the popularity of food trucks, pop-up restaurants, and everyday restaurants in general, more entrepreneurs in the food industry are turning to commercial kitchens. 

This fully licensed commercial kitchen allows you to produce food to a professional standard in a safe food production facility without having to spend money on your own kitchen. Shared & private commissary kitchens for rent in Austin offer many of the benefits that would come with having your own kitchen, without a lot of the associated overhead, paperwork, and hassle.  

What is a Commissary Kitchen?

A commissary kitchen is a shared kitchen where space can be rented by the hour, or on a more permanent basis, for food storage, preparation, and cooking. Commissary kitchens are fully licensed commercial kitchens that comply with all relevant food safety standards and are regulated and inspected by the local health department.

Commissaries allow food business owners to benefit from a collaborative space in a number of ways, from having access to shared equipment to benefiting from economies of scale and splitting shared costs. Because they do not have to cater directly to the public, commissary kitchens are often located outside of cities’ central business districts. This usually makes them more affordable to rent and gives suppliers easier access to deliveries.

There are numerous types of shared kitchens, from those that cater specifically to food trucks, to kitchen incubators that support growing businesses, to restaurants that make some extra cash by renting out their spare kitchen space.