WBEZ | Splice http://www.wbez.org/tags/splice Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Shared kitchen wins battle against Chicago red tape http://www.wbez.org/story/bakers/shared-kitchen-wins-battle-against-chicago-red-tape <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Zina_Murray.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A small-business incubator has won a round in a long fight against Chicago red tape.</p><p>Over the last six years, at least three shared kitchens have opened in Chicago. They&rsquo;re for caterers, bakers, confectioners and others who can&rsquo;t afford their own facilities.<br /><br />The City of Chicago still does not recognize the kitchens' business model. That has lead to more health inspections and licensing hassles.<br /><br />&ldquo;When you get these extra regulatory burdens, it&rsquo;s almost like people are throwing a refrigerator on your back and asking you to keep running,&rdquo; says Zina Murray, who opened Logan Square Kitchen in a vacant storefront last year.<br /><br />The city wanted to classify Murray&rsquo;s business as a banquet hall, a designation that would have required her to provide parking.<br /><br />So Murray brought the classification to the city&rsquo;s Zoning Board of Appeals. The board told us this week that it&rsquo;s siding with her.<br /><br />Murray&rsquo;s next struggle is to open, and properly license, an event space to go with the shared kitchen. &ldquo;We need businesses like this to help our economy recover,&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />Chicago zoning officials did not immediately return our calls for comment about the ruling.</p></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 02:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bakers/shared-kitchen-wins-battle-against-chicago-red-tape