The Berkeley Kitchens opened its doors in 2013 as a home for small- to medium-scale food businesses and artists. The building provides individually tailored kitchen rentals that are outfitted with hoods and sinks.
Located at the corner of 8th and Carleton Streets in West Berkeley, our historic building was originally home to the Standard Die & Tool Company. Later, the building housed the R. Lang Roll-Away Screen Door Company, and it was used as a wildlife rehabilitation center. For forty years, the Nexus Wood Shop Collective operated out of the building. After the collective left, the building stood abandoned until 2010.
Today, The Berkeley Kitchens is the only collection of commercial rental kitchens specifically designed for food companies to have a kitchen to call their own.
Downstairs, fifteen kitchens buzz with activities ranging from baking bread and juicing fresh fruit to cooking healthy school lunches and catering weddings. Upstairs, a suite of studios provide working space for creative artists of many stripes. Each of the current tenants has been selected for diversity of product, collaborative energy, and commitment to building a dynamic community of artists and food producers.