Atlanta Restaurant Scene

Usher's mother Jonnetta Patton sets the stage for culinary entrepreneurs

There are shared kitchens and then there is J’s Kitchen Culinary Incubator .

A shared kitchen typically consists only of prep, cooking and packaging space that fledgling food businesses use to create their products. J’s Kitchen Culinary Incubator offers that – and a lot more.

J’s Kitchen, opening Oct. 27, is located at 3996 Pleasantdale Road in Doraville. The 21,000-square-foot facility includes state-of-the-art kitchen spaces – three kitchens, a baker’s kitchen and a private master kitchen – equipped with such appliances as six-burger gas ranges, fryers and convection ovens as well as 72-inch work tables. There are also walk-in freezers, coolers and other food storage areas.

The face behind J’s Kitchen is Jonnetta Patton, former CEO of celebrity management company JPat Management. Patton has nearly two decades of experience as a business executive in the music and entertainment industry, including that of managing her famous sons, Usher and JLacke. Patton came out of retirement to start this new venture.

Patton’s vision for J’s Kitchen is not only to provide fledgling food businesses, catering companies and private chefs with 24-hour access to certified commercial kitchen work space, but also to support all facets of their businesses.

This facility includes office amenities like conference rooms and computer work stations where users can manage operations, as well as a tasting room where potential customers can sample goods.

J’s Kitchen will also offer a curriculum of educational workshops designed to foster business management skills and provide resources in areas such as accounting, marketing and legal issues.

In addition, classes will be available for culinary skills development at both the professional and home cook levels, with workshops led by Daryl Shular, a master chef certified by the American Culinary Federation who is also executive chef and director of operations for the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.

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