Rhode Island now has a new major resource helping to launch small food businesses: Foodworks, the city’s first shared commissary kitchen and “food incubator.” Like Hope and Main in Warren, Foodworks is designed to empower local food entrepreneurs. Foodworks removes barriers to entry into the industry by providing small businesses with a space for commercial cooking and dining. But their services extend far beyond just the physical space. They also offer growth opportunities like educational workshops, access to local mentors, food photography and rentable space for pop-up eateries and private functions. To date, Foodworks’ inaugural location in Brooklyn has served more than 100 food businesses, jumpstarting many of them into thriving and successful ventures.
Foodworks’ new location in Providence’s West End features brand new equipment, high ceilings and great natural light. With room for up to 50 food businesses onsite, they are currently accepting applications from candidates interested in using the shared kitchen space.