Restaurant Incubators

If you have no money and no business experience, it may be a good idea to explore restaurant incubators in your area.

Pilotworks, for example, is a premier food business incubator, allowing enterprising entrepreneurs to rent commercial kitchens in six cities.

“Pilotworks participants benefit from affordable commissary and co-working space, tailored mentorship programs and workshops, flexible working hours, and, most importantly, community of supportive culinary professionals looking to achieve the same goal: change the way we think about food.”

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Many other cities have similar programs, including:

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Smallman Galley is a launch pad for new restaurant concepts, showcasing four innovative restaurants, a full bar, and coffee & espresso bar in the 6,000-square-foot space.
  • Baltimore, Maryland: R. House is home to ten chefs who believed that coming together to launch their restaurants was better than going it alone. Their kitchens surround a 350-seat food hall with roll-up garage doors, booths, communal tables, and a neighbourhood bar at the center of it all.
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts: CommonWealth Kitchen is a collaborative community, providing shared kitchens and business assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs build great food companies, create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen our regional food economy.
  • San Francisco, California: La Cocina provides commercial kitchen space and technical assistance focusing on low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs who are launching, growing and formalising food businesses.

Finally, some existing restaurants have incubator programs as well. Wink & Nod in Boston, Massachusetts, for example, has a rotating kitchen. Every six months, they invite new restaurant groups to run the kitchen and experiment with dishes to complement their cocktails.