Time to get cooking! Rochester's first food business incubator receives funding
February 14, 2019 09:58 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Imagine a shared kitchen where start-up companies can make market products and hold cooking classes.
On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation has been awarded $982,000 for Rochester's first-ever food business incubator.
The money will be used to build and equip The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator, a new 30,000 square-foot facility.
It will be located on the first floor of Rochester's iconic Sibley Building.
Right now, there is a wait list of 152 food entrepreneurs interested in using the facilities and services to start and grow their businesses and to produce new food products for sale.
The project is expected to create 100 new jobs.
"This grant is fantastic news for the Rochester food scene and for the redevelopment the historic Sibley Building," said Senator Gillibrand. "A newly renovated commercial kitchen will allow local restaurant businesses and foodies alike to participate in The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator's innovative food start-up lab. This will help create jobs in the heart of Rochester, and I will continue to do everything I can to get the resources our local businesses need to thrive."
Updated: February 14, 2019 09:58 PM Created: February 14, 2019 09:57 PM
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