New shared kitchen business welcomes local food entrepreneurs

January 1, 2018 by  

A Burnaby-based commissary kitchen is now offering memberships to food truck operators and online food businesses.

Local chefs Josh McWilliams and Ryan Mackay began with the intention of opening their own food truck, but when they tried to locate a kitchen to prepare their food and store supplies, the facilities offered in Metro Vancouver fell short of their expectations.

Looking for help, McWilliams and Mackay looked to Beta Collective operator Jason Wong. His Surrey-based shared office space business offers over 4,000 square feet of workspace for local entrepreneurs.

After searching throughout the area, the trio settled on unit A6 at 5279 Still Creek Avenue in the heart of Burnaby. The 10,000 square foot commissary kitchen offers clients from the local food industry space to prepare and package their fare, as well as store equipment and supplies.

The trio has proudly dubbed this new business as, “Metro Vancouver’s premier commissary kitchen”. This sort of venture often uses printing services to create promotional products and personalized business forms.

The kitchen is a production facility, offering 18 food preparation stations equipped with convection ovens, deep fryers and 20 burners. There is also dry and cold storage space, freezer space, and a cold prep space for juice and vegetarian meal businesses.

Eventually, the facility will be open 24 hours a day, offering AM and PM shifts to its members.

More information can be found on the kitchen website.