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

Membership Levels

●    Use of KOTB equipment
●    Reservation of up to two kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time
●    Limited dry storage
●    Limited, short-term refrigerator and freezer space

$100 Deposit (applied to first 10 hours)
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 hours/month

●    Use of KOTB equipment
●    Reservation of up to two kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time
●    Modest dry storage
●    Limited, short-term refrigerator and freezer space

$250/Month
+ $18/additional hr
$774/month (39 hour) maximum


●    Use of KOTB equipment
●    Reservation of up to two kitchen areas, and one piece of special equipment at a time
●    Dry storage
●    Modest refrigerator and freezer space

$680/month
+ $15/additional hr
$1565 (99 hour) maximum

Small

40 hours/month
8 days/month

3 month commitment


●    Use of 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
●    Dedicated dry storage
●    Dedicated refrigerator and freezer space
●    Access outside of regular kitchen hours by special arrangement

$1000/month
+$11/additional hr
$1649 (159 hour) maximum

Medium

100 Hours/month
20 days/month

6 month commitment


●    Use of 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
●    Dedicated dry storage
●    Dedicated refrigerator and freezer space
●    24/7 access

$1250/month

Anchor

7 days/week access

160 hours/month

6 month commitment