Upstart Kitchen, Milwaukee: Entrepreneurs start restaurants, catering

At any given moment, the entrepreneurs who rent prep space in the shared commercial kitchen at Upstart Kitchen, 4323 W. Fond du Lac Ave., could be making barbecue, Nigerian cuisine, liquor-infused ice cream, baked goods, potato chips or community meals.

In the 15 months since it opened, Upstart Kitchen maxed out with 40 tenants using the space 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The wait list for entrepreneurs, which sat at an impressive 75 names about a year ago, has ballooned to more than 220 names.

There was clearly a need for the shared space where folks in the Sherman Park community could turn passion for food into viable businesses. While it provides a needed commercial kitchen, what makes Upstart Kitchen so desirable for entrepreneurs is the help it provides in licensing, business planning, marketing, budgeting, hiring, financing and more. 

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