Pasadena-based Kitchen United Opens Chi-Town Location #2

Published : Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 11:00 AM

Kitchen United is continuing apace with its expansion plans with the opening of a second Chicago location in the Fulton Market District.

The company, a commissary operator that leases kitchen space to restaurants and food entrepreneurs, announced last month that it has signed a lease for 12,700 square feet at 201 N. Elizabeth Street in Chicago.

The facility is surrounded by new residential development that is home to millennial and Gen Z populations.

The Fulton Market location will accommodate 10 to 15 restaurants or food entrepreneurs seeking commercial kitchen space for catering, delivery or takeout, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business report Wednesday.

The report quotes a Kitchen United spokeswoman saying the facility could open at the beginning of next year.

Kitchen United opened its first Chicago location in River North in January. Eleven of the location’s 12 spots are already taken, the report said, with a Steingold’s of Chicago opening in mid-April and Dog Haus – another Pasadena original – expected to launch there next month, the company said.

Chicago was the first market Kitchen United entered outside of Pasadena, its headquarters. When the company announced the opening of the River North location in November, it said it had plans to expand further across the U.S. this year.

Kitchen United has also signed leases facilities in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The San Francisco facility will be located at Kilroy’s new 100 Hooper Street development, on the ground floor of Adobe’s San Francisco offices. This location will have retail and outdoor seating in a neighborhood where there are few other food options available, according to the company.

The Los Angeles kitchen center will be located at 52 West Pico Boulevard with access to downtown L.A.’s dense residential and corporate city center, according to a company statement.

The company’s commercial kitchen spaces provide restaurant operators the ability to increase revenue by expanding their off-premise delivery, pickup and catering business, as well as enter new markets without the expensive build-out of a new restaurant.

Kitchen United provides its restaurant partners with consumer and operational insights, allowing concepts to tailor their business to best meet local demand, improve efficiency and drive revenue growth. The company plans to expand to other major metropolitan areas in the U.S., and plans to end the year with 15 kitchen centers open, each housing between 10 and 15 restaurant brands.

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