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Revolving Test Kitchen

The next great food business will be created here. Make it yours. 

 

Our newly renovated and completely re-imagined Revolving Test Kitchen (RTK) is a shared culinary workspace in Lawrence, complete with multiple prep and cook spaces and dry and cold storage. But it’s so much more than just a shared commercial kitchen. It’s a springboard for aspiring, local food service entrepreneurs to launch their dreams with the support of experts in food and business.  

 

It will accommodate a cross section of food businesses, including food trucks, catering companies, small batch manufacturers and food delivery companies.

Why a Shared Kitchen?

There are a lot reasons, including the lack of local commercial kitchen space, long-term lease costs, and high overhead with a commercial kitchen facility. We take care of all of that. You  focus on making and selling food. 

 

Hours of Operation

We are open for food production from 4 a.m. to midnight, with 24-hour access. Space is booked on a first-come, first-served policy. Members reserve times through an online platform.

What’s covered?

  • All utilities (water/sewer, electric, gas)

  • Trash and recycling

  • Internet

  • Property tax

  • Basic kitchen supplies, wares, and cleaning products

  • Management of the facility & schedule

  • Professional cleaning service

  • Equipment maintenance and upgrades

  • Food safety auditing

  • Member meetings & Roundtable discussions

  • Social media posts and newsletter features on your business 

 

How much does it cost?

To help you keep costs down as you build your business, we’ve made RTK very affordable. 

  • $350 refundable deposit

  • Monthly base rent of $350, for 10 hours of designated kitchen time

  • Additional kitchen time - $35/hour

  • Dry Storage Shelf - $15/month

  • Fridge Shelf - $20/month

  • Freezer Shelf - $20/month

Who are the people behind RTK?

The RTK is a collaboration among the Lawrence Partnership, Lupoli Companies, Northern Essex Community College, the City of Lawrence and EforAll/EparaTodos, and is managed and operated by Foundation Kitchen.

Does your food business need help taking advantage of digital tools?

Check out the Digital Optimization Program.

420 Common Street, Lawrence, MA

Street parking available

Start the application process today.

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