The Crowded Cookhouse is a licensed, shared-use commercial food production facility in Lancaster, PA. We are fully stocked with professional-grade equipment and tools, and provide many of the services and amenities enjoyed by private establishments. Sure, it’s a little small – but bookings in the main kitchen are private so you’ll have the place to yourself. There is also a small prep space that can be rented independently of the main kitchen at a lower cost – perfect for times when you don’t need to use any heavy equipment.

The Cookhouse is a great place to launch your food concept. Our members run the gamut from startups to experienced food vendors. We host several kitchen-wide events throughout the year and have quarterly cooperative deep cleaning sessions that are great for networking & getting to know the other members. One of the biggest barriers to starting a food business in Lancaster is the expense of building or leasing a commercial kitchen. Additionally, the operating costs of running a large kitchen are astronomically high. Crowded Cookhouse can dramatically reduce your startup and/or operating costs and can greatly reduce the risk of starting a new food business.

Kitchen Highlights

Cookhouse Amenities

  • Heat & AC

  • Monthly Pest Control
  • Garbage & Recycling Service
  • Dishwashing Area with Solutions
  • 24/7 Video Surveillance

  • Mops, Brooms, Cleaning Supplies
  • Regular Hood Cleaning
  • Security System
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Towel & Apron Service

  • Private Lockers
  • 24/7 Access, 365 Day a Year
  • Motion-activated Security Lighting
  • Cooking Oil Recycling

Cookhouse Equipment

  • 6 Burner Vulcan Range

  • Bakers Pride Cyclone Convection Oven

  • 1000 lb Ice Machine
  • Half-Size Convection Oven
  • Hobart Meat Slicer
  • Immersion Blender

  • Wide Selection of Cookware

  • 12 qt Hobart Mixer
  • 6 qt KitchenAid Mixer
  • Assorted Small Appliances
  • 7 Stainless Steel Prep Tables
  • 12″ Impulse Sealer

  • Meat Grinder, Sausage Stuffer

  • Assorted Stock Pots, up to 60 qt

  • Various Portioning Scales
  • Walk-in Cooler
  • 2 Freezers
  • Pot, Hand & Prep Sinks
  • Assorted Baking Pans
  • Bakers Racks

  • 20 qt Pressure Canner