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A new commercial kitchen meant to serve dozens of food makers is expected to open in Austin with a whopping 55,000-square-feet space.


Prep Commercial Kitchens, based out of Atlanta, initially decided to expand to Austin three years ago. And finally this April, Prep ATX will open at 1300 E. Anderson Lane.

The facility will house 42 private kitchens, 16 shared kitchens and 16 spaces for food truck parking and servicing. It will also have a common lobby area and outdoor patio where people can dine in.

"With an endless supply of culinary innovators, entrepreneurial spirit, and strong community support, Austin was a natural choice for our first expansion," PREP's Director Drew Barrett said in a statement. "We couldn't be more excited to support the city's rapidly growing food and beverage scene."

Prep ATX is working with the Austin Chamber of Commerce to make the kitchen come to life.

"PREP will be a great addition to the Austin region's food and beverage industry, allowing local culinary entrepreneurs access to affordable, permit-ready commercial kitchen space and flexible sizing options as companies grow," Senior Vice President of Economic Development Charisse Bodisch said in a statement.

Prep ATX boasts that it will be the largest kitchen of its kind in Texas. The original Prep location, which opened in Atlanta in 2014, is the largest multi-purpose kitchen in the Southeast United States. Prep was named one of Inc.'s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in 2020.

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  • 1 1/2 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 2 oz sparkling water
  • 1/2 oz coconut sugar simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 2-4 kiwi slices, peeled
  • 2 basil leaves
Directions: Muddle kiwi slices in a shaker tin. Add Tito's Handmade Vodka, syrup, lemon juice, basil and ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a basil leaf and kiwi slice.
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