What is a small commercial kitchen and what makes it different from a regular commercial kitchen or a large commercial kitchen?
The food and beverage industry regulates most small businesses that require food preparation. As such, they specify professional scale commercial kitchens.
How big is a Small Commercial Kitchen?
The small commercial kitchen can range from 200 square feet to 1000 sq ft. The average size commercial kitchen is 1051 sq ft as reported by Restaurantowners.com after polling over 700 business owners.
The standard formula for determining kitchen size is calculating 5 sq ft per dining seat. If you plan a 50-seat capacity, then you will need a 250 square foot kitchen. (50 x 5 = 250)
The average size of a small commercial kitchen is 25% to 30% of the total square feet of the facility.
The percentage changes depending on the planned use. For example, a small kitchen in a 2000 member church may require a lower percentage of space than a kitchen in a fast food restaurant.
You can see some small kitchen layout examples by searching Google for kitchen design examples.
One way to determine the size you will need for your small commercial kitchen is to determine what commercial equipment you will need first. Determine the menu first. Choose the commercial equipment needed to support the menu next. Choose the number of seats after deciding the menu; then the kitchen size can be calculated.
What is the cost of a Small Commercial Kitchen?
The price of installing or building a small commercial kitchen is between $15,000.00 and $100,000.00 but can go much higher depending on the menu and need.
One way to determine what your small commercial kitchen will cost to install is to review the cost of commercial construction per square foot for your area of the country. In 2015 the average cost of commercial construction was between approximately $200 and $220 per square foot. However, kitchen construction costs were higher at about $250 per square foot.
The major cost for your small commercial kitchen will not be the kitchen equipment. It is the cost of preparing the facility for the installation of the equipment. It can be more expensive to prepare the space for the equipment.
You will need to run plumbing, electrical, gas, adequate HVAC, and Venting to meet the building codes for your local area. These costs can be more than the actual cost of the equipment you are installing.
Alternatives to a Small Commercial Kitchen
A food truck could be considered a small commercial kitchen on wheels and it typically starts at about $50,000.00. It too can go much higher to over $200,000.00 for a fully loaded custom build.
In many instances, a food truck serves as a serving facility only, and food preparation is in a commercial kitchen in an offsite location.