Culinary incubator opens in Warren
Rhode Island's first workspace specifically designed for entrepreneurs to jumpstart their food-related startup companies has opened.
Hope & Main held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the culinary business incubator facility in Warren.
The 17,500-square-foot space that was formerly the Main Street School includes several shared-use kitchens, including a gluten-free kitchen and artisanal bakery, production space, cold and dry storage and event space. There will be a weekly market for member companies and local producers to sell to consumers.
More than 30 culinary entrepreneurs will use the facility.
The $3.2 million renovation was funded primarily by a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Hope & Main bought the building from the town in 2013. The nonprofit helps food-based entrepreneurs produce and sell their products.