Houston has thousands of successful restaurants, but many more don't survive for a lot of reasons: it could be a bad concept, or overwhelming bills.
But a downtown business offers to take some of the guesswork out of the process.
Lucrece Borrego started the Kitchen Incubator two years ago.
For a fee, people who cater; produce specialty foods; run food trucks or have restaurant ideas, can use this ready-made kitchen to test their concept.
"The end goal is really to combine this passion for food with my skillset, which is really the business development, and just kind of figuring things out when it can be intimidating for a lot of people," Borrego said.
Dozens of food-business ideas have passed through the kitchen, since it opened. Nearly 20 clients have gone on to own their own businesses.