Officials, on Wednesday, February 3, announced the grand opening of Brooklyn FoodWorks – a shared kitchen and culinary incubator in Bedford-Stuyvesant designed to provide affordable space to aid flourishing local food entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses.
Housed in the old Pfizer manufacturing plant at 630 Flushing Avenue, the 10,000-square-foot facility will feature ample commercial-grade cooking equipment to meet the needs of a wide variety of food production businesses as well as co-working and classroom space where those interested can collaborate and hone new skills to enhance their brands.
“Brooklyn has become internationally renowned as a center for innovation in food, where cuisines from every part of the world are re-imagined by chefs whose artistry defines good taste in 2016,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “Brooklyn FoodWorks offers a unique opportunity for aspiring chefs, many of them from the community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, to cook the dishes that will draw diners to restaurants and food trucks in Brooklyn and to prepare the artisanal foods that stock pantries around the world. These are the leaders of the ‘foodie’ renaissance that continues to create jobs and build the economy of our borough.”
“Food and beverage manufacturing is a driving force behind Brooklyn’s growing economy, and this industry will only get better with the opening of Brooklyn FoodWorks,” added Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura. “With so many incredible makers already calling the Pfizer Building home, this is the perfect space to open an incubator.”
At full capacity, Brooklyn FoodWorks will accommodate close to 100 businesses.
Entrepreneurs in need of financial support may also qualify for a $100,000 scholarship program that will be available to subsidize the cost of facility usage, classes and training workshops.