We closed our storefront shared kitchen June 30, 2012.  It was not an easy decision, but it was clear in three years that regulatory initiatives would prevent LSK from becoming a robustly healthy business.  Right after we closed, Zina Murray testified at Chicago's City Council Committee on Licensing in opposition to the pending Food Truck Ordinance.  (here's my testimony). I told Alderman that if the law passed as written, it affirmed my decision to close my shared kitchen, as I could not expect to build a customer base among food trucks. The law passed summer 2012, and in January 2013, a WBEZ story aired that despite 100 food truck license applications, no licenses had been granted yet.

But our experience will not be for naught.  Other cities, churches and charities are all interested in shared kitchens as economic development engines.  Fortunately, we have the skill to build, finance and operate a shared kitchen in a financially sustainable manner.  LSK is now licensed as a training and consulting firm that offers support to others building shared kitchens and community processing facilities.  We've not given up on our belief that these innovative food facilities have the power to transform our economies and communities.  We welcome inquiries, see our Contact page.