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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Commercial Kitchen?

There are a number of ways to tackle the question, “How much does it cost to rent a commercial kitchen?” Of course, you’ll want to find the most affordable option that fits your business and/or event’s needs, but it can be daunting to figure out where to start your research and how to find a commercial kitchen to rent. To save you the hassle, we’ve done some digging and compiled helpful tips to help you find the perfect commercial kitchen rental.

What’s in a commercial kitchen? 

These commercial-grade facilities come in all sizes, shapes, and styles. With most licensed to prepare and serve food, you can likely expect an oven, grill, freezer, and cooler in most kitchens. Larger facilities may include several of each, as well as multiple prep tables and dishwashers to keep the kitchen flowing.

You should keep in mind that each commercial kitchen is different and come with their own set of rules, equipment, and usages. It’s important to do some research on the kitchen you’re interested in renting to make sure it fits your business or event. 

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Why should you rent a commercial kitchen?

Commercial kitchens are typically used by catering teams, independent chefs, food truck owners, bakers, and anyone else needing access to a professional cooking space. Here are some other reasons people may rent a commercial kitchen:

  • Pop-up experiences for artists, brands, or restaurants that want to make a splash in a new market
  • A commercial kitchen can also be used for cooking classes — where a chef demos recipes and students get to try to make their own creative rendition
  • Photo and film shoots displaying chefs with certain products

A recent trend growing throughout the country are shared space kitchens (also known as commissary kitchens) that allow multiple people or teams to have access to the kitchen. These group kitchens can be used for small businesses or full-service catering operations. 

Most shared commercial kitchens operate on time slots — which are typically for either ongoing or single use. These commissary kitchens are a decent option for those that need a space every once in a while and don’t want to spend too much.

You can also choose to rent a private kitchen for your business or event. Private kitchens do cost more, but you’ll have more say in the equipment and storage of the facility. We’ll get into your question, “How much does it cost to rent a commercial kitchen?” a bit later in the article.

How to rent a commercial kitchen

You could spend hours online searching for the commercial kitchen that is the right size, price, and location for your list of needs. Or, you can book your space through Peerspace — the largest online marketplace for meeting and event spaces. 

One of the most attractive parts about renting a commercial kitchen through Peerspace is the high-quality photos of each space. You’ll know exactly what your kitchen is going to look like and what kind of amenities and equipment it comes with. Plus, you’ll get direct communication with the host to help plan logistics and ask any questions that may arise. And, we should mention that the Peerspace Concierge can help you find the right caterer to come directly to your venue. 

Many Peerspace rentals come with tables, chairs, dining plates, utensils, and even an on-site event manager. For example, this commercial kitchen and meeting space in Chicago is perfect for a corporate event. The satisfied customer left a review: “Great space, very well organized, and extremely friendly. We brought in a chef and had a small cooking demonstration and dinner. It was the perfect venue!”

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There are also an assortment cafes and restaurants available for rentals on Peerspace — including this cafe with a commercial kitchen in San Francisco. Like many kitchen spaces available on Peerspace, the cafe comes with use of all equipment and areas, including ovens, stoves, blender, knives, pots pans, containers, dishes, glasses, silverware, refrigerators, freezers, and prep stations.

Peerspace’s real reviews — like this one from a production/event manager — can help when making rental decisions:

The place was perfect for what we wanted to do. Kitchen was a good size and so was the counter. Andie was super friendly and was great with communication. [We were] allowed to use the Wi-Fi and Spotify for music, which was a huge plus. Definitely recommend for pop-ups and [we] wouldn’t mind booking again.

– Thomas V.

Prices for Peerspace rentals vary by the hour and can cost $75 to $200+ an hour. What makes this an incredible deal is the fact that there are no memberships or monthly fees required to book your space — something you won’t find when renting most commercial kitchen through other avenues.

How much does it cost to rent a commercial kitchen?

First, you need to consider the size of the space you’ll need and what you’ll be doing in the kitchen. Then, take into account where you are located and how often you’ll want to use the space. 

Many commercial kitchen require a monthly lease and security deposit on top of an hourly rate — which typically ranges from $15 to $30 per hour. The monthly leases or memberships include minimums of $300 to several thousand dollars — making it hard for those that just want to use a kitchen a few times a year. Based on these estimates, it could cost several thousands of dollars just to book a commercial kitchen for one event. 

As mentioned above, Peerspace charges hourly for spaces and has thousands of unique spaces in hundreds of cities to choose from. In addition, you’ll get options like cafes, penthouse apartments, and even stunning museums that you wouldn’t have previously imagined to use for a commercial kitchen space. All with no minimums or memberships to worry about.

Whether you choose to rent a commercial kitchen directly or go with Peerspace, we hope this article gave you an idea on how much it costs to rent a commercial kitchen. 

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