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Unread 10-08-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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Does anybody have any ideas on how to find a licensed commercial kitchen? HD says that I need one as a base of operations for food prep, storage, water and disposal of waste water. Looking into local restaurants, churches, VFWs but was wondering if anyone had any advice. Thanks!
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I shared kitchen space with a bakery for my first year of operation. The trick is scheduling your work around the owner's hours. The HD probably will want to see that you are washing & storing all your equipment in the licensed kitchen. Best of luck!!
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Some groups like the Elk's Lodge or the Free Masons often will rent out their kitchens to caterers.
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Check your local Flea Market. Our local flea market has a full service restaurant in it. But just a thought:)
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Does Anne Arundel County want that for vending or catering?
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Check your local Flea Market. Our local flea market has a full service restaurant in it. But just a thought:)

I never knew that some cities have a local Flea Market
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Yes Anne Arundel County you need a base of operations (commercial kitchen), with a letter from the owner, before they will grant a license. Pain in the butt.
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Anybody work with butcher shops? Seems like a match made in heaven (if they can match Costco's prices).
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churches, halls, all the service organizations. You'll need to keep a log of when you use it, etc plus of course receipts for rental to prove you used it. Now if you have a trailer with a waste water tank then you need a place to dump it. I use a local campground that has it's water tested 3 times per year and is licensed for waste water disposal. Can't just a hall for that. I'd start by asking the HD specific questions so you know exactly what you need.
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Yes Anne Arundel County you need a base of operations (commercial kitchen), with a letter from the owner, before they will grant a license. Pain in the butt.
Feel lucky up here in Carroll County they will not let you do that but in Baltimore County they will.
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Great idea about using a campground for waste water dump!
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Hi everybody, I'm french, new and happy to meet all of you !!
My question is: I think that you can built your own kitchen base but do you know what would be the reglementation ?? Maybe in your garage with some transformation ???
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Your local HD will give you guidelines but trust me, it will become cost prohibitive unless you do a lot of catering and have room for a separate building.
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In Kansas, you can get your R-V licensed as a commercial kitchen.
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In Canada we have Sani dumps for R.V,s that I use as they are free the only thing they are becoming concerned about is bringing an out side hose inside my vehicle soI have a tap tofill my water tank outside and am able to switch it over to fill my coffee urns steam table etc with a system hose inside that doesn't go outside, this has been standard in California for quite a few years. Finding out what the HD wants and trying to improve on it goes a long way rather than trying to buck them
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