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.
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:
• 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
• 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
• Cold storage
• Dry storage
• Personal lockers
Here are some successful incubators that have been launched throughout Ontario:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.