CHICAGO – When it comes to increasing food and beverage production, stand-alone kitchen leases are rare to come by but needed, especially by startups that often don’t have large enough initial orders to utilize a co-packer nor the capital to build their own kitchen.

Amped Kitchens opened its doors in October in Chicago inside a 30-year vacant Zenith factory, providing lease-ready kitchens to established companies. Amped already has two locations in Los Angeles, where for the past seven years, Brian Albert and Mott Smith, co-owners and co-founders, have been helping food manufacturers expand their businesses. This includes those requiring research and development and pilot production space.

“The Amped team sees the incredible potential in bringing this facility and their expertise to Chicago, and it’s a great addition to our local food and beverage scene,” said Alan Reed, executive director of Chicagoland Food & Beverage…

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