OakPark.com : Cooking up a food biz test kitchen


A former Zenith Electronics factory in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood is going through a transformation and will soon re-emerge as an industrial kitchen space for both fledgling entrepreneurs as well as established food-production businesses.

It will be the third and newest location for Los Angeles-based Amped Kitchens, which purchased the 117,000-square-foot facility at 5801 W. Dickens Ave. with a $4 million loan from JPMorgan Chase.  READ FULL ARTICLE »

Crain's Chicago Business : Old Zenith factory to be transformed into $25 million food incubator


An old Northwest Side factory that made an array of electronic products for the old Zenith Corp. soon will be the source of new food products.

The redevelopment of the 117,000-square-foot facility at 5801 W. Dickens Ave. in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood got the final financing it needed with a $4 million loan from JPMorgan Chase, channeled through the Chicago Community Loan Fund. All told, the project will cost about $25 million. READ FULL ARTICLE »

Western City : “Amped Kitchens L.A. South” Ignites Job Creation and Unique Business Solutions


Creating sustainable, living-wage job opportunities in underserved communities is a cornerstone of economic development. Amped Kitchens L.A. South is a multi-tenant food production facility located south of the downtown area in Los Angeles. Civic Enterprise Development (CED), a company focused on emerging neighborhoods, created this unique solution for aspiring small food manufacturers that will generate hundreds of permanent new jobs, positively affecting the neighborhood’s economic vitality. READ FULL ARTICLE »

The Real Deal Chicago : Amped Kitchens cooking up first Chicago location


The LA-based “apartment building for food companies” bought a Galewood industrial complex as first facility outside California

By John O’Brien | Research by Haru Coryne

A Los Angeles company that rents dedicated food-production spaces to tenants ranging from startups to national companies is opening on Chicago’s Northwest Side, its first location outside California. READ FULL ARTICLE »

LISC LOS ANGELES : Amped Kitchens Offers Dedicated, Permit-Ready, Private Production Spaces For Small Food Manufacturers


Amped Kitchens, formerly known as L.A. Prep, is breaking the barriers to entry for growing food companies. Their multi-tenant food production facilities provide pre-inspected, ready-to-occupy, private kitchen spaces to small food manufacturers. The innovative model helps food companies scale production faster and with lower capital, removing the traditional barriers of facility costs. READ FULL ARTICLE »

LA’s Own Danny Trejo Will Fly to the Super Bowl to Hand Out Free Tacos


Plus craft beer in Westwood, and newness in Glassell Park
by Farley Elliott Feb 1, 2019

The taco brand

Danny Trejo isn’t one to be left out of a conversation about Los Angeles authenticity. And so it seems the longtime actor and recent restaurateur is taking his talents to Atlanta for this years Super Bowl — and he’s bringing his Trejo’s Tacos food truck along with him. In coordination with Los Angeles Tourism, Trejo will fly to the site of the big game on Sunday and hand out free Rams-themed tacos (a Gurley Taco with chicken, a McVay taco with mushrooms, etc.) and LA gear, and will even bestow upon one Atlanta fan a free round-trip ticket back to Los Angeles for three nights. READ FULL ARTICLE »

Entrepreneur Magazine : 4 Steps These Business Owners Took to Solve a Major Industry Problem


March 10, 2016  3 min read

This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur.

Artisan chefs have so many opportunities. The specialty food market is worth an estimated $109 billion, growing nearly 22 percent between 2012 and 2014. Whole Foods, Kroger and other national retailers are hungry for the next tasty thing. And yet, few small businesses have the funds to build out their own, fully permitted commercial space -- and they can’t go far in cramped, unlicensed home kitchens. READ FULL ARTICLE »


Mott & Brian (middle) at the L.A. Prep/L.A. Kitchen ribbon cutting ceremony

Mott & Brian (middle) at the L.A. Prep/L.A. Kitchen ribbon cutting ceremony

Thanks to everyone who helped make L.A. Prep possible. With the launch of L.A. Kitchen in July, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony with speeches by Kelli Bernard, Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Economic Development; 1st District Councilman Gil Cedillo; Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department; and Terri Williams, Deputy Director of Environmental Health, L.A. County Department of Public Health. Thanks to all who came out to support us!

Here’s a CBS news story on the event. The names got a little muddled, but the story is 100% on point.

Los Angeles Magazine : L.A. Prep Gives Small Food Businesses Room to Grow


Leah Ferrazzani separates drying spaghetti in her cramped Mount Washington kitchen. The noodles emerge from an extruder the size of a washing machine. Stacked along one wall are bar stools and a high chair, which Ferrazzani will return to their usual spots when her two toddlers get home. “It takes me 40 minutes to set up and take down every day,” she says. READ FULL ARTICLE »

At L.A. Prep, artisanal food makers can rent their own kitchens


Matt Walton's caramel corn was a hit. Gourmet shops were clamoring for more, hooked on a recipe handed down by his grandmother.

But Walton hit a wall. He couldn't find a commercial kitchen to expand production.

His company was too big for his home, and too small to afford the tens of thousands of dollars needed to renovate a leased space to meet health codes.

A new project in Lincoln Heights called L.A. Prep is aimed at helping Walton and a growing number of local artisanal food manufacturers that are primed to one day hit the shelves of Costco or Trader Joe's. READ FULL ARTICLE »

First-Of-Its-Kind Kitchen Provides Businesses An Opportunity For Growth


MOUNT WASHINGTON (CBSLA.com) — From Sonoma to Los Angeles, Leah Ferrazzani’s love of food grew while living up and down the California coast.

But as an avid cook, she noticed something important was missing at the grocery store.

“I was pregnant with my second child and really realizing that I didn’t have a lot of time to make fresh pasta anymore and wanted to find some locally made dry pasta to feed my family and couldn’t,” she explained.

Ferrazzani decided to teach herself how to make fresh pasta in big batches. READ FULL ARTICLE »

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits : NMTCs Serve Up New Space for Food Business Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise

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For partners in the $17.5 million L.A. Prep project, the recipe for a successful food business accelerator calls for equal parts social philanthropy, economic development and collaborative synergy. They say that when the 56,000-square-foot former warehouse opens near downtown Los Angeles early next year, 50 tenant food companies will find nearly everything they need to grow their businesses under one roof. Features of the building include 49 licensed wholesale food production spaces that, unlike traditional incubator kitchens, are each leased to only one tenant. The building will also house a local nonprofit focused on job training and providing healthy and affordable nutrition to seniors. READ FULL ARTICLE »