A food lab, opening in Rochester could help you launch a career

December 20, 2016 05:44 AM

A food lab, opening in Rochester could help you launch a career.

You've heard of shared office spaces, now a shared kitchen space? This is a pretty big deal for a lot of folks!

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This will drastically cut down on startup costs for aspiring restaurant owners or caterers while also giving a boost to the local economy and with a new state grant they just got one step closer to making it happen.

Here's the deal, let’s say you want to start a business like catering. You could come here and use the kitchen for a small fee.

Currently, it would cost you $100, 000 to open your own kitchen.

"Instead of investing in a kitchen they can rent the space for just as little as a few hours if that’s all they need maybe on a weekly basis to put their foot into the food business,” said Laura Fox O'sullivan, VP, Rochester downtown development corp.

The Rochester downtown development corporation behind this million dollar project will be the first of its kind in the heart of the flower city.

"Its gonna take what’s essentially in large part an old bank vault and create real value and real life in there," said Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, RDDC.

The group just got a $213,000 grant from the state, a big step towards making this happen, but they aren't there just yet.

“The total project is over a million dollars and the state grant gave us about 1/5 of that so we're going to be fundraising the next 6-9 months,” said Zimmer-Meyer.

and when it happens, Zimmer-Meyer says it'll be a big boost for the local economy.

"What’s leading the charge is food and beverage and this is another way to revitalize the street experience and we hope this will also help out some of our neighborhoods in the city as well,” said Zimmer-Meyer.


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