Tenant in the News: Union Kitchen Opens a Second, Larger Facility in Ivy City
(DC.EATER.COM) - Union Kitchen, the popular kitchen incubator, has opened their second home. The $2.5 million project has turned an Ivy City warehouse into a hub of food entrepreneurship.
The second outpost features an industrial-style look. Added space, new equipment and flexible work stations will bring new opportunities to Union Kitchen members.
Almost three years ago, the kitchen incubator first opened its doors in a warehouse just north of Union Station. Since then, Union Kitchen has built its membership to include more than 50 food start-ups. Most recently, the kitchen opened a retail storefront, called Union Kitchen Grocery, on Capitol Hill.
With the Ivy City location opened, it should help alleviate some of the space and equipment constraints, according to Cullen Gilchrist, co-founder of Union Kitchen.
Just how big is the Ivy City location? It's more than double the size of the current kitchen, and Gilchrist seems giddy about the refrigerator and freezer space. It's large enough to park four cars inside it.
"The whole purpose for this expansion was more space for more members. But also, more space for each individual member, so they can focus on growing their business," Gilchrist says.
Union Kitchen is leasing about 16,000 square feet and sharing the building with another tenant — upcoming distillery Republic Restoratives. The kitchen is divided between two floors and designed to be flexible for members. The first floor has work stations specifically for food businesses like Undone Chocolate and Adam's Rib. These members rent out a portion of the kitchen for their own personal use and can also install specialty equipment, like an oversized smoker. Meanwhile, the upstairs is more of a flexible co-working space. There are open workstations, a demonstration kitchen, and a conveyor belt dishwasher.