Kitchen 530 coming to downtown

Word on the street is that Diana Pereira from Impact Hub and Chris Chiarappa of Mesa Burger are launching a new venture this fall called Kitchen 530. The 11,500 square foot community kitchen, will be located at on State Street in the former home of Samy’s Camera, and will feature a top of the line commercial kitchen for use by local food entrepreneurs and Santa Barbara chefs, along with a unique restaurant and retail experience. Kitchen 530 will offer 10 hot kitchens, 10 cold kitchens/prep stations, 2 baking stations, a show kitchen, a retail market and public restaurant that encompasses a morning coffee shop and evening full bar.

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5 Responses to Kitchen 530 coming to downtown

  1. Johnathon says:

    I don’t think it’s a good idea or the right time to open a shared space like this. We need some good restaurants with great operators that know what they are doing so they are able to stick around. I hate to see people invest their life savings on a business when they are not experts. I would say don’t take on such a big project.

  2. VT says:

    Are you kidding?! They couldn’t have picked a worse time to start a venture like this.

  3. rambo says:

    look at the public market…not a complete failure but close,,,this will bomb big time..and the overhead with employees picking up trash,stocking the restrooms etc will kill this even faster.
    So they are going to rent spaces month to month? You need long term lessees to make this work.

  4. SB Karen says:

    Rambo you make a good point if the Santa Barbara public market is not doing very well the chances of a smaller but simular type kitchen sharing operation doesn’t seem like a solid plan.
    I wish everyone the best but please exercise better judgement when making such costly decisions.

  5. Hefe says:

    Ambitious! I can’t presume to predict their success or the actual success of the Public Market as I dont have access to their financials.

    If state street becomes a promenade who knows how that will affect success.

    Very appreciative of the economic activity. 23 kitchens and a restaurant that construction is great for our local economy.