Becoming A Member

Our aim is to help your dream of a food business start off smoothly and as fast as possible. While we wish we could allow entrepreneurs immediate access to the kitchen, there are several items required in order for your business to be compliant with local and regional regulations and the Kitchen's legal policies. We promise they aren't as scary as it at first seems.

 
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Apply & Interview

Download our Tenant Application HERE.

Email the Kitchen Manager, Kim Werst at kotbstpaul@gmail.com to arrange an in-person interview and to drop off your application (or E-Mail a scanned version).

Why an Interview?

Potential tenants are asked to sit down and talk about your business idea or plan before we ask you to provide further documents or change of business license. We want to ensure our space is appropriate for your current and future needs.

This interview is very casual and will take approximately 30-45 minutes and includes a tour of the Kitchen On The Bluff.

 
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If Approved: Gather Your Documents

We'll need the following items from any new tenant:

  1. Copy of Food Safety Certification.
  2. Copy of Minnesota Food Manager Certificate (this is separate from the Food Safety Certification). To get this certificate you can apply online through Minnesota Department of Health
  3. Copy of current Insurance Policy (One million dollar minimum commercial general liability.  Kitchen on the Bluff MUST be listed as “Additional Named Insured.”)

 

 

 
 

Last Step: Change Your License

Our Kitchen Manager can connect you with the appropriate person to change your Business License to have Kitchen on the Bluff listed as the physical address, not only the mailing address.

  1. For Caterers, food trucks, and other direct-to-consumer businesses are licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/food/license/cntycntcts.html#stpaul 
  2. For Food manufacturers and other wholesale food product businesses are licensed through the State of MN Dept of Agriculture: www.mda.state.mn.us/licensing/e-licensing-options.aspx

2018 Membership Levels & Fees

$150 Non-Refundable New Tenant Fee For All First Time Tenants

$40/month fee for non-usage unless otherwise written into Membership Agreement or Seasonal (see below)

$150 Seasonal (May - November) Tenant Fee Applies Annually To Returning Tenants

Membership Level costs do NOT include storage unless otherwise indicated

(See storage & usage fees at the bottom of this page)

●    Use of Standard KOTB equipment
●    Reservation of up to two kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time
1-5hrs: $25/hr
5-10hrs: $20/hr
10-15hrs: $18/hr
15-20hrs: $15/hr
20+hrs: $10/hr

Beginner

(hourly rate for businesses making less than $5000/yr annual gross income)

40 hours/month
Six Month Limit


Starter  

10 - 29 hours/month

  • Use of Standard KOTB equipment
  • Reservation of up to two kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time

$250/Month (for 10 hours at $25/hr, non-refundable)
+ $18/additional hr
$592/month (29 hour) maximum


  • Use of Standard KOTB equipment
  • Reservation of up to two kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time
  • 10% discount on storage fees

$510/month (for 30 hours at $17/hr, non-refundable)
+ $15/additional hr
$ 945/month (59 hour) maximum

Small

30-59 hours/month

3 month commitment
 


  • Use of Standard KOTB equipment
  • Prioritized reservations (2nd priority, behind those with full-production memberships)
  • Can reserve up to three kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time
  • $100/month storage allowance included
  • 25% dry and general floor space storage discounted rate

$840/month (for 60 hours at $14/hr, non-refundable)
+$12/additional hr
$1308 (99 hour) maximum

Medium

60-99 Hours/month

3 month commitment


  • Use of Standard KOTB equipment
  • Prioritized reservations (1st priority)
  • Can reserve the entire kitchen for up to 1 day per week (one five-hour slot), and up to four kitchen areas and one piece of special equipment at a time
  • $400/month storage allowance included
  • 25% dry and general floor space storage discounted rate

$1250/month
+$8/additional hr

Over 150 hour usage will require custom contract and fee negotiation depending on equipment and space requirements.

Anchor

100 hours/month

6 month commitment


Use of special equipment listed below will add a 4.5% maintenance fee to your membership hours for the month:

60 qt. Hobart Mixer (Paddle & Dough Hook Available)

15 Gallon Tilt skillet

10 Tray Blast freezer (-5F capability)

60 Gallon Steam kettle

Walk-In 40 Rack Oven

Monthly Storage Fees:

  • Fees range depending on the width and location of shelving but range from:

  • Under Prep Table Storage: $8 per linear foot - $10/sq ft

  • Dry Storage Speed Rack: $15/half rack (tenant provides own trays/pans)

  • Dry Storage Shelving: $4-6 per linear foot

  • Tenant’s Own Shelving Dry Storage or Kitchen Floor: $9/sq ft

  • Tenant’s Equipment or other Kitchen Floor Space: $3/sq ft

  • Cold Storage Speed Rack: $25/half rack (tenant provides own trays/pans)

  • Cold Storage Shelving: $8 per linear foot

  • Freezer Storage Shelving: $10 per linear foot

  • Basement Storage (Non-Food Items): $2/pallet (tenant provides bins or over-box bags)

 

Exclusive Use & Private Events:

  • Beginner, Starter, Small, & Medium Tenants: $75/hr

  • Anchor Tenants: 1 Free 5hr Event or Reservation Weekly

  • Non-Members: $150/hr + $100 cleaning fee