Our facility is located in Edgewood, a burgeoning neighborhood in Northeast DC just south of Catholic University. We’re a 10-12 minute walk from both the Rhode Island Ave and Brookland-CUA stops on the red line. Find us at:
703 Edgewood Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Excellent question! Our 10,000 square foot facility with four shared kitchens and storage gives up-and-coming food and beverage entrepreneurs a place to do their thing — to prep for catering orders, host events, bake beautiful pastries for local coffee shops, bottle sauce found on the shelves at Whole Foods, you name it. But we’re more than just a production space. We provide a whole host of services that help launch and grow small businesses so that they’re not alone in the endeavor. Furthermore, we are tightly knit, supremely supportive community that comes together around food.
First, please proceed to our Membership page and fill out an application! We’ll reach out and will want to hear more about you and your budding business. We are in search of the best of the best. If you are well-poised for success, and we think we can help, then we might be a good fit for each other.
All Mess Hall Memberships give you access to kitchen space, storage, one-on-one business consulting and support, and a community that feels a lot like family. Head over to our Membership page to learn more!
We like nice, new things and we know well-maintained equipment is essential. You’ll find 15 Vulcan ovens, plus Vulcan ranges, char-grills, and stock pot burners, a Doyon reversible dough sheeter, a Hobart deli slicer, Hobart floor mixers and top-of-the line appliances, such as Robot Coupes, Vitamix blenders, and Kitchen-Aid commercial mixer. We keep a trove of communal wares, such as stockpots, mixing bowls and cutting boards, to further minimize your start-up costs, and we’re constantly updating our collection of new tools and toys.
In short, no. Our Membership model reflects our emphasis on and strength of our community. With that said, we have several different Membership tiers that afford you varying levels of access to our kitchens over the course of 6+ months of Membership. Please fill out a Membership application to learn more.
Absolutely. We walk our Members through the licensing process, starting by scheduling an inspection with the Department of Health as soon as you come on board. We have robust experience with everything from food truck licensing to HAACP plans. We will set you up for success and help guide you across the finishing line as efficiently as possible.
There is much to be done, but we’re here to help you get through everything easily, and in one shot. This is what we do and we’re good at it!
From restaurant pop-ups and collaborations with DC’s rising culinary talent to local maker markets, to cooking classes, to Ramen World and beyond, we host some incredible events here at Mess Hall. We open our doors to the general public, introducing DC localists to the best new concepts and deepening ties with the broader food and beverage community. You’ll find some awesome shots of past events and info on upcoming events on our Events page. You can also follow us on social media and join our mailing list.
Heck yes! Our facility boasts a demonstration kitchen, event space with 18’ ceilings, outdoor space, and a speaker system. We even have a liquor license so there’s no need to spend hours trying to obtain your own. We can connect you with a wide range of awesome food options produced right here at Mess Hall to keep your guests well-fed. We can help you curate a beverage program to suit the needs of your event. Hop on over to our Private Events page for more information on how to host your wedding, birthday party, office holiday party, and more at Mess Hall.
Negatory. Just like a restaurant, we are licensed to serve beer, wine and liquor. We will create any sort of beverage program you can dream up, often partnering with DC’s beloved bartending community. We prefer to source from local brewers and distillers, but we also have access to the sizable inventories of major distribution companies in the area.