CoMo Cooks

We believe all good cooks deserve a chance to turn their recipes into reality, regardless of background, income, or status. We aim to increase entrepreneurial success by providing accessible, inclusive, and affordable kitchen space for starting and expanding local food- based businesses.

The Loop CID and Regional Economic Development Inc are teaming up with other community partners to open a shared commercial kitchen at Mizzou North, known as CoMo Cooks. We will be offering tiered memberships starting at 10 hours a month with hourly fees starting at $15/hour. We're currently working on the kitchen build out and are aiming for an opening in mid-December 2020 but are accepting preliminary applications now--see below!

Not quite ready for the kitchen but have questions about setting up a business, certifications, and so forth? Check out our Resources page for information about free business coaching. 

The CoMo Cooks project will benefit the community by:

  • Encouraging the growth of local food entrepreneurs by reducing barriers and creating opportunities for those without easy access to a commercial kitchen, including those who have been impacted by racial, social, and economic inequality.
  • Supporting local and regional farmers by providing cost-effective space to produce value-added products.
  • Increasing the economic vitality of the Business Loop by developing a catalytic project that can spur new food-based businesses along the corridor.
  • Creating quality jobs that support upward economic mobility for the residents of Columbia and Boone County.
  • Providing a space that can be used in the future for business incubation, workforce development, food safety classes, and other training opportunities.

What our kitchen offers:

  • Health department certified spaces
  • Flexible rental hours + 24 hour scheduling
  • Affordable rates and tiered membership levels
  • Dry/cold/freezer storage available
  • Shared workspace and meeting rooms

Available Equipment

  • 3 Compartment Sink
  • 60 Quart Mixer
  • Automatic Dish Machine
  • Char Broiler
  • Commercial Food Processor
  • Convection Ovens
  • Food Slicer
  • Freezer
  • Fryer
  • Griddle
  • Hand Wash Stations
  • Prep Stations
  • Proofers
  • Ranges
  • Refrigerator
  • Tilt Kettle

Additional Benefits

  • Online reservation system
  • Collaborative entrepreneurial environment
  • Access to business workshops and coaching
  • PR + social media support
  • Participation in the CRE8 shared branding program for local makers

All users will be required to have the following:

  • Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Business registration
  • Copy of Driver’s License or other acceptable photo ID
  • Seller’s permit/sales tax license
  • Permit to operate from the City/County Public Health Department
  • Any required food handlers permits or certifications
  • Federal, state, and local permits as warranted by business activities
  • Liability Insurance and COI covering the kitchen ($1 million minimum)
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance (if additional employees)
  • Onboarding class and signed agreement recognizing the kitchen rules
  • Deposit of $200
  • Other items TBD

CoMo Cooks Policies

CoMo Cooks Pricing Sheet

Mizzou North Map


CoMo Cooks Logo

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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