CoHabitat Shreveport, a shared workspace currently located at 610 Commerce Street in downtown Shreveport, will be relocating to the Red River District by September, according to Executive Director John Grindley. In addition to the existing workspace rentals already being offered, the new CoHab will house a full-fledged culinary incubator – “a business incubator dedicated to early-stage catering, retail and wholesale food businesses.” Grindley and project consultant Michael O’Boyle – who many know as the man behind Gulf Pig Underground Dinners – are preparing to launch a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign (Update: the campaign has been launched, and can be found here) to raise finishing funds for the as-yet-unnamed kitchen incubator. The Kickstarter campaign will likely launch on Monday, July 22. I will back it. Here’s why:
There are so many incredible, food-oriented businesses in Shreveport-Bossier that don’t really have a home. Some of these folks easily rank, in my personal opinion, among the best things going in Shreveport-Bossier. A lot of brilliant folks don’t have the resources to build a commercial kitchen. Now, they’ll be able to rent daily access to one.
Turn right as you exit the enormous kitchen, which O’Boyle says “will be set up like Chopped, with workstations,” and you’ll encounter a multimedia-enhanced room that essentially looks like a hybrid of a classroom and a dining room. It would be perfect for cooking classes, demonstrations or pop-up restaurants. Turn left, and enter the main co-working space, filled with photographers, graphic designers, web developers and architects.
“(A food start-up) could develop a menu, build a website, meet with an architect and prep food, all under one roof,” O’Boyle said.
The new CoHabitat Shreveport will be located in the building that formerly housed Brother’s Seafood. Anyone interested in potentially becoming a member of the culinary incubator program should contact Michael O’Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.