I recently visited the first legal home restaurant in Northern California. A home restaurant is exactly what it sounds like — it’s a restaurant run out of a residential home. It can offer dine-in, takeout, or both. Home restaurants have different and lighter regulations than commercial kitchens. For example, cooking areas in commercial kitchens cannot have wooden counters or floors; they cannot have exposed brick. Commercial kitchens also have regulations mandating a minimum size for their sinks, a regulation almost all residential homes would fail¹.

Home restaurants were legalized in a 2019 California bill named “AB 626,” but their origins…

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Davis Clute is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hiccapop and a member of Forbes 30u30

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