Hello everyone. My girlfriend and I have had a made-to-order cupcake business fir a couple years now. We have our current recipes down, a following, and a business licence. We are well rehearsed in the cottage laws, but are hoping to make the leap to opening a small bakery/cafe where we will strictly make and sell cupcakes as well as coffee and a few random retail items. We just have a few questions about opening.
We have a good commercially zoned location in mind. Just curious as to how/if there is specific zoning for a bakery?
Are we going to REQUIRE (by law/ordinances) to use a commercial oven or other equipment? We have grown VERY used to our residential unit. Is other commercial equipment required?
Will we need to install vent hoods?
We would like to be ready for inspection, but are hesitant to ask other local bakeries or cafes right now. Neither of us have any lack of working in commercial kitchens, but are not sure on minimum requirements. Any help would be great. Thank you so much and bake on!!