Forager is sounding more and more interesting every few months. The former South First Billiards space has recently been used as a space for musicians and artists, but is transforming into an incubator kitchen and brewery. Think of it as the ultimate pop-up destination.
Multiple kitchens will power seven micro-restaurants, two flagship anchors, and several temporary eateries that will be rotated on an annual basis. Forager will get a cut of equity in exchange for providing the space at a discounted rate. Think of this as an incubator such as Y-Combinator or 500 Startups, except specifically for restaurants. It's a fantastic idea and we should all support the concept as much as possible!
Devout Coffee is already open and providing local craft beer, small plates, and obviously coffee. They are now open seven days a week from 7am-11pm. For mroe info head over to the Forager website.
Food and arts incubator launches in SoFA District
SAN JOSE, Calif. – On March 3, San José’s arts district on South First Street (SoFA) will welcome an innovative blend of coffee, beer, food, and arts as Forager Tasting Room & Eatery formally launches its first phase.
Forager is a launching pad for entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, and arts industry. During the build-out since fall 2016, Forager has been activating its space for musicians and artists. Forager has since partnered with the founders of Devout Coffee and is now serving local beer, coffee and small plates, with a growing menu. The space is also used as a venue for both private and public events. The next phase will see the opening of incubator kitchen and brewing facilities to help chefs and brewers bring their creations to the public in a “permanent pop-up” environment.
Each kitchen in the space will be operated by independent chefs chosen through a rigorous selection process. Seven individual micro-restaurants include two flagship anchors with others rotating out every 12-18 mos. In exchange for partial equity, Forager provides kitchen space at a discounted monthly rate while also serving as an advisory board and helping raise the capital needed for a chef to open his or her own self-sustainable brick and mortar restaurant. The beer program includes a small 2-barrel brewing setup and is designed for seasoned homebrewers planning to begin a professional career.
Heinz Jones, CEO Forager: culture, people management, customer experience
Bryan Chen, CFO Forager: financials, business development
Jon Fisher, Co-Founder Devout: coffee program, business operations
Stevie Pape, Co-Founder Devout: coffee roasting, spatial design, marketing
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