Hope & Main: RI's First Culinary Incubator

Housed in the historic Main Street School building, located at 691 Main Street in Warren, the renovation project transformed the 100-year-old structure into a state-of-the-art workspace for the region’s food entrepreneurs. Among the building’s highlights include three code-compliant, shared-use commercial kitchens, including a gluten-free kitchen and artisanal bakery, over 6,000-square-feet of production space, cold and dry storage, and a range of commercial equipment to support small-scale operations for baking, food processing and catering. Designed to facilitate collaboration and community involvement in the local food economy, the rehab also features a demonstration kitchen, co-working and meeting spaces, and a 2,000-square-foot community event space.  

About Hope & Main:
Hope & Main helps local entrepreneurs jump-start early-stage food companies and other food-related businesses by providing low-cost, low-risk access to shared-use commercial kitchen space and other industry-specific technical resources. As the state’s first food business incubator, Hope & Main’s nonprofit incubator program gives food startups the chance to grow in their first two to three years without the cost of equipping their own commercial facilities.  

architect

GMI Architects, Greg Spiess