On Wednesday, the Dayton City Commission approved giving $750,000 to a group that plans to create a new kitchen incubator in the Dayton Arcade.
OH Taste plans to open a new commercial kitchen space and culinary incubator at 32 S. Ludlow St. in the arcade complex in downtown Dayton, according to city documents.
Called 6888 Kitchen (pronounced Six Triple Eight), the new endeavor will provide local food entrepreneurs with affordable access to a kitchen, baking facilities and storage space.
Jamaica White, Dabriah Rice and Charlynda Scales are leading the project.
The city’s contribution will help purchase equipment like refrigerators and freezers, cooktops, prep tables and hood systems.
The new incubator and kitchen space also is expected to host educational programming and offer technical resources. 6888 Kitchen will occupy about 10,000 square feet of space.
6888 Kitchen will provide a supportive and collaborative space for food-based start-ups, food truck operators and caterers, says a memo from Steve Gondol, Dayton’s deputy director of planning, neighborhoods and development.
Kitchen members will get to test ideas in the incubator and also will receive instruction about how to run a successful business, he said.
The hope is these entrepreneurs will go on to grow their businesses and business ideas and open brick-and-mortar locations.
The space in the arcade will be transformational for the local economy, but it also will educate entrepreneurs and provide them with opportunities to “scale” their food and beverage businesses, Scales said.