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At L.A. Prep, artisanal food makers can rent their own kitchens
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. Located in a 56,000-square-foot industrial building, L.A. Prep will rent 54 commercial kitchens outfitted...

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