Butter Beans Kitchen, a commissary kitchen that makes lunches for schools and daycare centers, moved to bigger digs in Long Island City, Queens.
The kitchen signed a five-year lease for 10,000 square feet at 39-01 22nd Street between 39th and 40th avenues, according to tenant broker James Monteleone of All Points Real Estate. The asking rent was $26 a square foot.
Butter Beans, which was founded in 2008, had a 2,500-square-foot kitchen at 41-43 39th Street in Sunnyside but needed more space, Monteleone said. It moved into its new space last week, replacing food supplier The Ravioli Store.
Monteleone stated that the downsizing and closing of many restaurants in 2020 have resulted in huge demand for commissary kitchens and Whether it’s supplying to schools, as in Butter Beans’ case, or restaurants and private catering, it’s really a hot market now with limited inventory.
Monteleone represented Butter Beans, while Ruben Kast De Martinez of SymmetryCRG handled it for the landlord, Saliba Properties.