Santa Cruz's Food Lounge to Introduce New Incubator Kitchen and Marketplace Concept

The three Women Behind the Food Lounge | Jon Weiand, Santa Cruz Sentinel

The three Women Behind the Food Lounge | Jon Weiand, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Joining the growing trend of emerging retail-dining concepts, Food Lounge is set to introduce a multi-tiered food and marketplace concept into the downtown area of Santa Cruz. 

Chef Andrea Mollenauer plans to transform the former downtown Center Street Grill into an incubator kitchen offering chefs who lack traditional brick and mortar restaurants a low cost venue to cook. The space, which will also include a café and marketplace, is slated to host a variety of events with these guest chefs including pop up dinners, music and art shows, and specialty beer and wine tastings. 

A number of retail shops and purveyors have already acquired space in the marketplace, including the widely loved former dim-sum pop up Mortal Dumpling, which has garnered a cult-like following in the Bay Area.     

And Food Lounge will not remain the only marketplace concept in the area, as the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has already developed a similar food driven marketplace that will debut in the upcoming months.    

Do you think these new, all under one roof concepts will succeed? What impact do you think incubator kitchens can have for young, up and coming chefs?  Read More