Food truck owner Ange Posey prepares to cook for a lunch crowd at Cohab's new kitchen incubator in downtown Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
Louisiana’s first kitchen incubator for culinary entrepreneurs has opened in downtown Shreveport.
The rentable-by-the-hour commercial kitchen is located inside Cohab, the co-sharing office space under the Texas Street Bridge. Aspiring restaurateurs can rent the kitchen and be able to serve directly from Cohab’s lunch counter that mimics a restaurant set up, according to Cohab's executive director John Grindley.
CoHabitat Foundation aims to remodel a former restaurant location in Shreveport's Red River District.
Credit CoHabitat Foundation
A co-working nonprofit organization in downtown Shreveport has received a $50,000 grant to help it relocate and become a permanent option for small business owners who wish to work in a shared space. CoHabitat Foundation executive director John Grindley said his lease is up in March 2013. He’s working to close a deal with the city to move CoHab and its 50 member businesses into a defunct restaurant in the Red River District.
“We need to work somewhere downtown that doesn’t force us to raise our member rates,” Grindley said. “We’re looking for a permanent home now.”