On Monday Community Board 8 gave early approval to 3rd Ward's plan for kitchen incubator inside the 150,000-square-foot co-working space being developed by Brooklyn Flea founder Jonathan Butler in Crown Heights. That incubator will include multiple restaurant-style test kitchens, beverage and fermentation labs, classrooms, a retail store, and an event hall big enough to fit 500 people. The plan has been in the works since 3rd Ward received a $1.5 million grant from Borough president Marty Markowitz back in February of 2012, on the condition that they open it in a neighborhood like Crown Heights that suffers from high unemployment.
The Brooklyn Flea is also planning a 9,000-square-foot food hall and beer garden for 1000 Dean Street, and hopes to offer the rest of the space in the former Studebaker Service Station to local artists and creative types. If all goes according to plan, the whole thing is slated to open by the end of the year.
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