Forthcoming food incubator and “pop-uppery” Eatsplace never reached its Kickstarter fundraising goal, but now it’s getting an extra financial boost from the city. The Petworth business was awarded an $85,000 grant from the District’s Great Streets Grant Initiative Program to help turn the vacant building into a commercial kitchen, marketplace, and restaurant.
Owner Katy Chang says she plans to start the build-out at 3607 Georgia Ave. NW in September and open in December. The space will feature a kitchen in the basement, where food entrepreneurs and chefs looking to test out restaurant concepts can cook. Upstairs is a market and a dining room for pop-ups. Former Minibar chef Edgar Steele, who’s on the Eatsplace advisory board, will likely be one the first chefs to use the space, Chang says.
There will also be a walk-up window where Chang, who has a kimchi business called Artisanal Soy, plans to sell dumplings. Other chefs with take-out concepts might also use the walk-up window, but otherwise the dumpling shop will operate alongside any other pop-ups. “It’s sort of like the house band for Eatsplace,” Chang says of her dumpling business, Baba’s Cooking School.
The Great Streets Grant, which is intended to stimulate small business development and create job opportunities, was also awarded to several other markets and restaurants. Read more about them from the press release below:
SouthEast Restaurant, LLC, located at 8 Florida Avenue NW: features a restaurant and catering team, developing hospitality concepts and will use its $79,900 grant to improve the interior and exterior of the business to fit the vibrate neighborhood.
Thai Orchid’s Kitchen, located at 2314 Pennsylvania Avenue SE: a small family-owned, family-run, eat-in/take-out Thai Food restaurant will use the $57,000 grant for interior improvements.
Three Little Pigs charcuterie & salumi, LLC, located at 5111 Georgia Avenue NW:a charcuterie and salumeria featuring hand-crafted, in house food production by trained chefs, which will use its $62,500 grant for the renovation of existing space.
Chez Hareg Market, located at 806 H Street NE: a market that will feature locally grown and sustainable products with weekly opportunities for shoppers to learn about healthier cooking techniques and new ways to use locally grown and seasonal goods will use its $85,000 grant funds for the re-construction of the building.
Rufael, Inc. dba Missouri Avenue Market, located at 5900 Georgia Avenue NW: Missouri Avenue Market opened in 1998 as a small retail store specializing in convenience-based items, including canned goods, prepackaged foods and beverages, will use its $62,000 grant to upgrade the building inside and out along with making the exterior patio more supportive of the overall business.
Stop and Go Market, located at 3001 Sherman Avenue NW: a neighborhood convenience store that has served the Georgia Avenue corridor since the 1920s under different names, serving fresh produce and meats, will use its $85,000 grant to make internal and external capital improvements to their location.
Rendering courtesy Eatsplace