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Food business incubator breaks ground in Kearny

Hudson Kitchen seeks to help culinary entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses

Hudson Kitchen, a collaborative destination for food and beverage businesses, hosted a groundbreaking event for its 8,000 s/f shared-use commercial kitchen and food truck commissary at Kearny Point.

The new facility, located at 9 Basin Drive in South Kearny, will cater to culinary entrepreneurs from throughout the region as they launch and continue to grow their businesses.

The facility will be the largest of its kind in the area. It will be the first food business incubator in North Jersey.

Kearny Point, the campus on which Hudson Kitchen will reside, is a $1 billion adaptive reuse of a four-million-square-foot former WWI and WWII ship-making facility, which is being transformed into a modern green workplace.

It represents one of the nation’s most ambitious and environmentally-driven redevelopment projects and has already attracted more than 200 businesses.

At the groundbreaking event, Hudson Kitchen founder and CEO Djenaba Johnson-Jones welcomed representatives from Kearny Point, members of the financial community who have supported the kitchen buildout, elected officials, and representatives from local economic development authorities.

“We’re excited about the progress with the Hudson Kitchen buildout,” Johnson-Jones said. “We wanted to use the groundbreaking to not only talk about the construction progress and share some of the innovative plans we have underway, but also celebrate our community and recognize those who have helped us get where we are today.”

Hudson Kitchen’s communal space will feature commercial grade kitchen equipment, individual prep stations, and extensive dry, cold, and freezer storage.Additionally, members will have access to on-site food truck parking; co-working space with Wi-Fi; and test kitchen specifically designed for cooking demonstrations, intimate chef dinners, and filming live cooking shows.

The 130-acre Kearny Point campus is being developed by the Hugo Neu Corporation.

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