The team at Chew announced today that is is opening a new food and beverage incubator called Nursery in the former Pilotworks Brooklyn location.

Pilotworks abruptly shut down in October, leaving the more than 100 companies working out of the commercial kitchen space scrambling to save their food and their businesses. In the Nursery press announcement all former tenant were invited to return to their former workspaces (though no further details about pricing, etc. were given).

Nursery isn’t completely up and running yet. It plans to reopen its kitchens later this week, pending final permit approvals.

Perhaps looking to allay concerns those former tenants might have about jumping back into the same situation, Nursery listed its bona fides in the press release saying, “The Nursery team has significant depth and breadth of experience in food and beverage innovation, having created over 1400 products in 25 different categories, generating billions of dollars in revenue for its clients and partners over the last five years.”

While Pilotworks’ sudden closure sent shockwaves through the independent food entrepreneur scene, the resulting community that rose up to help others in time of need was definitely a high point of the year in food tech.

We’ve reached out to the Nursery team to find out more information, and will update this post when we’ve had a chance to speak with them.

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  1. We’re excited to learn more about The Nursery, however, as former tenant/makers at Pilotworks since January of 2018, we have not been contacted by nor “invited back” to join Nursery. Not sure how they would have obtained the email list etc but we’ve received no communication from them.

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