April 18, 2024

Kitchen Industry Terms: A Crash Course

Kitchen Listing 

A Kitchen Listing is an advertisement or description for an available kitchen space for rent or use. Commercial kitchens are advertised for lease to anyone in the food and beverage industry who might need a space to prepare food, from caterers and private chefs to restaurants and pop-ups. Listings will outline the details of the space, such as the size, location, equipment, rental terms, and more. These listings serve as a way for businesses or individuals to find the perfect space for their unique culinary ventures. 

Pub Residency

A pub or kitchen residency is an arrangement where a food business or a chef operates within another facility’s kitchen for a certain period. Food brands, chefs, or pop-ups utilise the host’s kitchen space when the kitchen is not in full use. Vendors can benefit from the existing equipment and its facilities. At the same time, hosts gain a vendor, which can draw in a crowd and increase revenue to their restaurant or pub. Up and coming food businesses can acquire exposure for their brand, and chefs can experiment with new culinary techniques and cuisines, all while avoiding the high costs of owning and operating a standalone premises.

Commercial Kitchen 

A commercial kitchen is a professional kitchen designed for large-scale food preparation for commercial purposes. These kitchens are more extensive than residential kitchens and are equipped to efficiently prepare high volumes of food. Commercial kitchens can be used to prepare food for various establishments and ventures, from restaurants and delivery services to catering businesses and hotels. Often including specialised equipment like an industrial oven or a series of food preparation stations, commercial kitchens are tailored to those looking to produce a large scale of food in the proper space. 

Dark Kitchen / Cloud Kitchen / Ghost Kitchen 

Dark kitchens, also called virtual kitchens, cloud kitchens, or ghost kitchens, are cooking facilities exclusively dedicated to takeout and delivery orders. Deviating from traditional dine-in restaurants, dark kitchens do not have storefronts or seating areas, instead caters to  businesses looking to take advantage of the surge in the food delivery industry.

Central Production Unit

A Central Production Unit (CPU) is a kitchen unit where food is prepared in high volumes and distributed to multiple locations. CPUs are central food preparation stations for many food businesses, from restaurants and baking to catering services. CPUs provide a unique space for establishments to prepare, produce, cook, or bake in a production unit catered to churning out large quantities of food.


A point-of-sale (POS) system is a device that uses software to manage sales transactions and process payments. The device will generally be a card reader, a computer or tablet, or a software program that lets businesses track inventory, record transactions, and generate reports of spending habits. To learn more about POS Systems, visit EMenu Now’s website. 

Kitchen Display System 

Kitchen Display Systems (KDS) are tech solutions placed in commercial kitchens to manage streams of food orders from the point of sale (POS) system to the kitchen staff. Eliminating paper order or verbal order communication, a KDS digitally shows food orders on screens in kitchens. Allowing the orders to be displayed directly above chefs and food preparation staff increases accuracy, boosting the overall efficiency of your establishment. 

Licence Fee

A licence fee for a kitchen refers to the payment needed to obtain a permit or licence to operate a commercial kitchen. Licensing fees depend on several factors, from the type of kitchen operation and the licensing duration to the space’s location and size. Understanding the details and researching the necessary licensing requirements, including licence fees, is crucial for anyone in the industry. 

Leasing Agreement 

Leasing agreements, or rent agreements, are contracts between a tenant (a lessee) and a landlord (a lessor) that define the terms and conditions under which the landlord rents a property to the tenant. A leasing agreement usually includes the amount of rent due and its due date, the duration of the lease, rules and regulations of the property, responsibilities for management and security deposits, and more. Leasing agreements are used for various kitchen properties and are made to protect the rights of both parties throughout the lease’s duration. 

Licence to Occupy 

A licence to occupy is a legal agreement that allows a person or business the right to occupy and use a kitchen space for a specified period without transferring the rights to property ownership. In typical renting agreements, the transfer of control of the property occurs, but a licence to occupy simply permits a vendor to use the kitchen space. The licence to occupy also outlines the terms of engagement and what is expected from both parties, the hosts and the vendors coming in to occupy the space. 

While understanding the language and terminology is crucial, navigating the industry comes with its own set of challenges. Whether you are searching for a pub residency, delivery kitchen, production unit, or takeaway business, we oversee and help with the entire process of acquiring a kitchen space or filling a vacant one. From initial viewings to bookings and ongoing management, Oya Kitchens caters to the needs of both property owners and food vendors to make the process as simple and easy as possible. 

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