I attended two complimentary tastings at PREP ATX – a media tasting and our Austin Food Blogger Alliance holiday party. All opinions are my own!
Shared commercial kitchen and ghost kitchen spaces are not new, and in fact, there are many in Austin. PREP ATX opened recently and fosters food-centric businesses on the rise. If you’re looking for the next big food company, this is a great place to look!
Keep reading to learn more about PREP ATX and 14 of its member companies.
What is PREP ATX?
Located in Central East Austin, PREP ATX is the largest commercial kitchen facility in Texas! When you visit, you’ll see an open lobby with a show kitchen space and big windows looking into an expansive kitchen. In the back are hallways of private offices and kitchens, each door labeled with the company name. There are also large walk-in fridges and small meeting rooms.
PREP ATX counts a variety of Austin’s food and beverage makers as members, including restaurants, bakers, caterers, and consumer packaged goods companies. In addition to shared and private kitchen space, business owners also have access to amenities to help them run and grow their business.
The facility also functions as a ghost kitchen for restaurants, meaning you can order pick-up from a few of the companies. Instead of a customer-friendly storefront at each individual business, the facility’s entrance serves as the place to pick up your freshly made order.
What does this mean for you?
- If you’re an investor or business owner looking for innovative and upcoming businesses, learn about the ones at PREP ATX.
- If you’re a food and beverage maker looking for kitchen space, consider what PREP ATX has to offer.
- If you love food, try and support these businesses! Follow them on social media and buy their products.
Businesses to Watch at PREP ATX
Out of 40+ business members of PREP ATX, here are ones to check out! These are a few I’ve tried and interacted with. You can see all the members here.
Cantaloupe Island Draft Cocktails
Draft cocktails delivered! Cantaloupe Island mixes the fresh and delicious drinks and sets up all the necessary tools for your event. This is a great option for having tasty beverages without having a bar and bartender. See the tasty menu below.
You’ve seen me talk about Chop Chop before! They make noodle cups with better-for-you ingredients and interesting flavors. Tom Yum, Korean BBQ, Tokyo Curry, and Penang Curry are their four flavors.
If you’re looking for gluten-free, keto-friendly, and vegan sweet treats, Dream Bakery has you covered! While Dream Bakery has been in Austin since 2005, their space at PREP ATX allows them to avoid cross-contamination.
Did someone say breadsticks? This franchise location of the fast-food Italian chain is one of two in Austin. Order a quick meal or ask about catering options.
Whether you want to get a fresh and healthy lunch or dinner on the table or you’re planning a party, Fibonacci Food, run by Chef Ashley, has a delicious menu for you. Items like chicken salad and chocolate mousse are available.
It’s All Good Goods
It’s in the name – It’s All Good Goods offers products that are gluten-free, clean (high quality, non-GMO, and organic), and small batch. They bake beautiful sourdough bread, sweet treats like cocoa bites and cookies, and amazing sourdough rosemary crackers.
I love chai and it’s my go-to drink at a coffee shop. Kimbala makes ready-to-drink chai, bottled with all the ingredients or as a concentrate so you can mix your own. You can find their products at Royal Blue Grocery. (Remember this post?)
Thai street food! I love Thai food, so I was easily won over, but also, these dishes are so delightful! Be sure to save room for dessert. This taro sticky rice is a dessert I want to eat regularly.
Lulu’s Pie Shoppe
Lulu’s is already a hit in Georgetown, and this new location expands its reach to Austin! Pies and galettes are on the menu here. My favorites are the bourbon pecan and pumpkin.
Have you ever had a potato donut? That’s Potadough’s Donuts’s specialty and they’re tasty! Which glaze would you choose: honey butter, strawberry, chocolate, cream cheese, or maple?
If you love Thai food and want to try making it at home, SimpliThai is a good place to start. Thai dishes have many ingredients, and some require a visit to an Asian grocery store. Their cooking sauces simplify the process. You can also purchase the full cooking kit for additional ingredients. Try my favorite Thai noodle soup – kao soi!
Taste of Home Homemade Dumplings
Must-try dumplings! You can taste the expertise and love in these. Fried is the favorite way to order them. Plus their chili oil is the perfect accompaniment.
The Little Basket
Offering Asian fusion, The Little Basket has the ingredients for a to-go picnic. Taiwanese fried basil chicken, milk tea, and scallion pancake beef roll are a few of the items on their menu. Also, check out their bento boxes.
I’m excited to see ZIKI Kitchen bringing its spin on Greek (with a hint of Mexican) food to Austin. Think tacos, burritos, rice bowls, and more! No matter what, I want more of those Ziki bites! They’re spanakopita in a crispy ball and SO good!
Which company are you most interested in?