An inspiring space equipped and ready to realize your dreams.

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 hilights

Clean, Sanitary Environment

24/7 Availability

Towel, Apron & Mat Service

Lockers & Changing Room

Secure, Well-lit Facility

Free Wi Fi


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 q

  • Various Portioning Scales

  • Walk-in Cooler

  • 2 Freezers

  • Pot, Hand & Prep Sinks

  • Assorted Baking Pans

  • Bakers Racks

  • 20 qt Pressure Canner

We’ve got the equipment & space to help you UpStart your dream.

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