An incubator kitchen for downtown Sudbury

We are opening a kitchen space in downtown Sudbury to help foster awesome local food businesses. Give us a hand?
The Motley Kitchen
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Sudbury, Ontario
6 Team Members

Hello, everyone!

Food brings people together, and The Motley Kitchen is all about building that sense of community.

Part incubator kitchen, part bistro, part event space. Not only would this be the first business of its kind for Sudbury, but a first for northern Ontario.

Whether eating or creating, our kitchen will be a space for everyone. We know there are incredibly talented Sudburians out there who are passionate about the food they create. Maybe they are basement bakers or closet caterers who haven't been able to take their business to the next level. We want to create a space that will enable them to share their passions (and delicious food-things!) with you.

The Motley Kitchen is located in the heart of downtown Sudbury, which was previously Nibbler's Grill. We're currently working hard to transform the space, but can't do it without your help! We are aiming to open in early spring 2014.

Incubator kitchen

We know what you're thinking: "what the heck is an incubator kitchen?"

An incubator kitchen is where small food businesses can rent space on a per-hour or per-weekly basis. Starting a food business is expensive. The price of buying equipment and renting a space can cost upwards of $50,000, which can stifle the spark of many entrepreneurs. Not only that, but Ontario health and safety code requires all food products be made in a commercial kitchen if they're to be sold for consumption.

That's where we come in! We cover the overhead costs: the equipment, the space, hydro, gas, certifications, and health unit inspections, so our tenants can focus on making their ideas a reality. Incubators are also about providing new entrepreneurs business and marketing mentorship, which will be another focus of The Motley Kitchen.

We’ve already been contacted by more than 15 Sudburians who would like to rent space in the incubator kitchen.

Here's an idea of some of the equipment we'll have on hand:

Catering station
•  MKE-FG160 Wide (20"), double basket deep fryer
•  Four gas burners
•  Garland 30" Salamander
•  Garland 36" flat-top griddle
•  Two 28" ovens
•  OMC-vxk890 electronic vertical rotisserie (shawarma machine)
•  Stainless steel work space
•  Cold-prep table
•  Hobart commercial dishwasher

Bakery station
•  Two Blodgett pizza ovens, 46" wide
•  The "Chesher Bear," 60 qt mixer
•  The "Thunderbird," 10 qt mixer
•  Two cooling racks
•  Stainless steel work space
•  Hobart commercial dishwasher

Storage space
•  Cold storage
•  Dry storage
•  Personal lockers

Here are some successful incubators that have been launched throughout Ontario:

•  Toronto Food Business Incubator
•  Ottawa Incubator Kitchen
•  Niagara Presents Incubator Kitchen (St. Catherines)
•  Roux Commercial Kitchen (Hamilton)


Every weekday, The Motley Kitchen will open as a bistro, serving delicious soups, sandwiches, and more to the hordes of Sudbury lunchtime goers. Our food is fresh and creative - comfort food with a twist. Natalie Lefevbre, the mastermind behind last summer's bright purple Dee-lish! food truck meals, is heading up the bistro. You know what that means? Mouth-watering burgers and ooey-gooey risotto balls will be finding a home on the menu.

The Motley Kitchen is in a prime location for the lunchtime crowd. We're across the street from two provincial government buildings, Tom Davies Square, and the Rainbow District School Board. Laurentian's School of Architecture is just up the street, and the Rainbow Centre is a short walk away. We're also next door neighbours with Eat Local Sudbury, and hope to work with the co-op to make sure our food is not just yummy, but local, too. There will be plenty of people coming to taste what the bistro has to offer.

Event space

The Motley Kitchen dining room will be available for rent by the community. Whether you're organizing a staff Christmas party, hosting a series of cooking lessons, or planning a film screening, The Motley Kitchen will be a creative and affordable rental space, and of course, catering can be done on site.

Show me the money!

We're in the midst of putting things together at the space and are renovating like crazy. We've already put up more than $16,000 of our own cash, but need your help from here. Here's where the money from this crowd-funding campaign will go:

  • Renovations (leasehold improvements) - $12,075
  • Licenses and permitting - $3,260
  • Point-of-sale system - $1,925
  • Computer and office - $1,842
  • Furnishings - $2,812

Total: $21,914

We can't do this without you.

The Motley Kitchen team

We live among you! The team behind The Motley Kitchen are your neighbours, friends, musicians, and small business owners. We love Sudbury, the downtown, and of course, good food. Help us get The Motley Kitchen up and running and we promise to work our butts off to support creative small business in this fabulous city.

Natalie Lefebvre
With purple hair to match her bright purple food truck, Nat was the chef extraordinaire behind the food in Sudbury's first gourmet food truck, Dee-lish! Since then, Nat has teamed up with Stack Brewing for beer and food pairings, and is the owner of What a Pear catering. Nat will be the creative mind behind the bistro.

Stephen Caruso
Maybe you recognize him from one of the latest We Live Up Here "Sudburians" videos. Steve completed his MBA with a focus on community organizations, and brings experience in the restaurant industry and on the managerial side of things. He's a small business owner, and his Iron Pan Bakery will be the first tenant in The Motley Kitchen incubator. Steve will be heading up the incubator kitchen.

Chris McTaggart
Another small business owner, Chris successfully opened the bar Speakeasy on Durham Street in 2012. He is passionate about food, and has spent time consulting and working in various kitchens across Sudbury. Chris cut his teeth down south, opening numerous cafes and restaurants.

Geoff McCausland
When he's not playing violin with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Silver Birch String Quartet, or the bluegrass band, Murder Murder, Geoff is working hard to turn this business idea into a reality. Eager and positive for the potential of downtown Sudbury, Geoff has been working with equal parts laptop and chop saw - writing our business plan and renovating our kitchen space.

Hilary Duff
Hilary first discovered the wonders of incubator kitchens when she was working as a freelance journalist in Ottawa, covering the food-small business-technology beat. Ever since, she's had the dream of seeing a space like this open in northern Ontario. Hilary worked as a restaurant reviewer in Ottawa, reported with CBC Radio in Sudbury for a year-and-a-half, and is the author of the popular blog, Hilary Makes. She is doing marketing and communications for the kitchen.

Spread the good word!

We can't make this happen without you. If you believe in what we're trying to do, please check out the perks on the right side of this page and donate!

Even if you can't contribute financially, please help spread the word! ‘Like us’ on Facebook, share the link to this campaign, and come say ‘hello’ if you see us around town! Help us make something special happen. You rock.

PS: If you guys rock so hard that we make it past our goal, the extra funds will go directly towards operations costs.

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  • $10CAD
    Belly Warmer

    Please sir, may I have some more? Come in and have a bowl of soup on us.

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25CAD
    The Daily Special

    - Join us for a soup and sandwich at the bistro - Digital copy of “The Motley Cookbook,” a local cookbook designed by us with recipes and photos from our chefs extraordinaire and incubatees

    49 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014

    Long Distance Lover

    Near? Far? Wherever you are, Geoff and Steve (who are also talented musicians) will write you an original tune. Let us serenade you over the stretches of the Internet - you pick the person and we'll write, record, and post the video on The Motley Kitchen website. No other perk can immortalize you like this! Plus, you'll receive: - A huge thank you on our Facebook page and a long-distance high five - A digital copy of "The Motley Cookbook"

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50CAD
    Motley Up your Kitchen

    - Physical copy + digital copy of "The Motley Cookbook" - One loaf of Iron Pan Bakery bread, one of our incubatees - A print of an original piece of food-related artwork, created by our very own Natalie Lefebvre

    18 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014


    - $25 gift certificate for The Motley Kitchen bistro - Digital copy of "The Motley Cookbook" - Punchcard valid for five free loaves of Iron Pan Bakery bread

    25 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014

    Have your Cake and Eat it Too

    - $50 gift certificate for The Motley Kitchen bistro - Digital copy of “The Motley Cookbook” - One gourmet cheesecake from Brooklyn’s Finest Cheesecake, one of our incubatees

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014

    Cake Walk

    Our new $100 perk! With a week's notice, we'll make you an 8-inch round cake of your choice - perfect for birthdays or Friday night snack-fests! Pick up your cake at The Motley Kitchen downtown. + - $50 gift certificate for The Motley Kitchen - Digital copy of The Motley Kitchen cookbook

    15 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100CAD

    The hours are dwindling on our crowdfunding campaign, so we thought we'd concoct an extra-special deal for you. - $100 gift certificate for The Motley Kitchen bistro (dollar for dollar, it's money in the bank for everyone!) Added freebies: - An order of mouth-watering, hunger-inducing risotto balls - Digital copy of The Motley Cookbook It's the final countdown, do do dooo dooo!

    34 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $150CAD
    Have a Ball

    The perfect date package! (or an excuse to eat lots of food yourself!) - $50 gift certificate for The Motley Kitchen bistro - Two tickets for The Motley Kitchen's exclusive inaugural Stack Brewing pairing party, date TBD - Free order of The Motley Kitchen bistro's famous risotto balls - Digital copy of “The Motley Cookbook”

    9 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014

    Lessons Learned

    Choose one: 1. Brew a batch of beer with Geoff! At the end you’ll have 19 litres to call your own. 2. Natalie, Steve, and Hilary will do 3 baking tutorials in your home or at The Motley Kitchen. 3. Chris is a bonsai sensei-tion! He’s got a big talent for these little trees, and will share his expertise over five lessons. At the end you’ll have your own bonsai tree. Plus: - Physical + digital copy of “The Motley Cookbook” - Punchcard for 5 soup and sandwich specials in the bistro

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500CAD
    The Full Motley

    - “Jester’s Circle” card, valid for 10% off all purchases at The Motley Kitchen bistro for one year - You and a date will be VIP’s for the grand opening masquerade of The Motley Kitchen (date TBD) - Physical + digital copy of “The Motley Cookbook” - Punchcard valid for 10 free loaves of Iron Pan Bakery bread

    6 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $2,000CAD
    Stack Brewing Pairing Party

    We'll shut down the kitchen and you can throw a party for you and 24 of your friends. Great for a staff party, a birthday for a special someone, or just a night to remember! Perk includes: - 5 appetizers (two pieces of each/person) paired with 5 Stack beers - Stack Brewery expert on hand - Ride home from our downtown location Plus: - “Jester’s Circle” 10% off card - Physical + digital copy of “The Motley Cookbook”

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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