Hi everyone! I'm in the process of beginning to renovate my kitchen before I get it licensed. In Massachusetts there are two types of licenses for residential home kitchens, retail and wholesale. So far the direct retail to consumer license seems like it will be fairly simple and straightforward to get through my local town Board of Health. Luckily I live in a town that also permits home kitchen licenses. I was wondering if anyone in Mass also has a wholesale license to sell from their residential kitchen? If so, is it more difficult to get than a retail license? I'm just wondering if anyone knows first hand if the kitchen needs to have 2 sinks, 2 fridges or any other special requirements that you may be aware of. I would be very interested in hearing anyone's experiences that they may have in this process. I would like to be licensed both for retail and wholesale so that I may also wholesale to restaurants, cafes, etc.
Thanks in advance to anyone for any advice or info they can give!!!
I believe that a wholesale kitchen has to meet commercial kitchen standards. 3 compartment sink, hand washing sink, grease trap...Best way to find out is to ask your towns BOH.
I am in MA too and just started to contact the necessary people to find out how to get my kitchen approved.
Where I am it is not too much of a hassle - but there are fees for everything!
Here are a few links to check out:
I am in Littleton - where are you? Would you ever rent out a residential kitchen? I am thinking that if I don't get up and running soon that is the route I will take. It would be cool to share a space.
Thanks everyone for the helpful info.
Dizzymaiden- I will pm you.