Taste Test Restaurant Incubator is located in the downtown York Royal Square District at 101-105 South Duke Street. The restaurant incubator strives to help aspiring restaurateurs by offering the mentorship needed to achieve their restaurant dreams and develop their concept.
Aspiring restaurateurs pitch their concept to a team of industry professionals, who then help develop the concept and offer advice throughout the process. Taste Test provides the platform for the restaurateur to test, cultivate, and prove their concept to the York community. The pop up is then connected to alternative funding options, and given the chance to become a permanent fixture downtown.
Enter through the purple door on Duke St., or through the restaurant & bar side. (see above hours)
The Cantina is available for you to enjoy food from the current concepts outdoors, as well as order drinks from our bartender that is stationed outside.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Stop by our place in the Royal Square District, eat the concept in our Audition Space, go next door to the Restaurant & Bar and enjoy our house cocktails with food from the long term pop up, walk out into our Cantina and enjoy the courtyard oasis, and make sure you give us your feedback & suggestions! Your feedback is vital to the aspiring restauranteur's ultimate success.
Taste Test is an experience, come and have yours today!
While you're at Taste Test, maybe you realize that you have your own idea! We're always looking for interested candidates who have ideas for new restaurant concepts in Downtown York. Locals who want to see their ideas come to fruition can come pitch their ideas when we have casting calls. Ideas that are chosen will have a chance to audition their concepts for a month in our audition space where the community can come and taste the food. If that bodes well, then they move next door for a long term pop up with more time to figure out their brand and what they ultimately want in their own restaurant.
There are many benefits of Taste Test in our community, now there's just one more thing left to do. Help us provide this great opportunity to the next round of aspiring chefs. Be a part of our community's revitalization and be able to say that you helped get it there.
No more empty storefronts
No "here today gone tomorrow" eateries
Just Quality, proven concepts that will diversify our dining scene
Who are we?
We are four partners that bring our areas of experience to the mentoring process
From left to right:
Robert Faucette- Director of Operations Robert boasts over 13 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Originally trained as a pastry chef, Robert has worked every facet of the biz from chef to general manager in places like the historic Yorktowne Hotel and the Roburrito's chain of restaurants. Robert mentors the auditioning chefs on kitchen logistics and flow of service.
Allison Witherow- Creative Director Allison is deeply rooted in her community having owned The Susquehanna Photographic, a photography business, for 8 years and creating several community initiatives during that time. After a brief stint in real estate development, Allison finally landed on marketing in the hospitality industry. She is now the Chief Marketing Officer at O.N.E. Hospitality. She markets the Taste Test project, as well as helps each chef develop their restaurant concept's brand and identity.
Toni Calderone- President Through her humble beginnings at McDonald's while growing up in Florida, Toni has always found a home in the hospitality industry. And it's in her blood too- her grandfather is responsible for bringing the first pizza shop to York, PA. Toni solidified her place in the industry when she opened Tutoni's, a farm to table Italian restaurant in York, PA. Since then, she has created O.N.E. Hospitality which manages Tutoni's, Taste Test, and several other food and beverage concepts. She mentors participants on guest experience and service.
Jordan Pfautz- Director of Finance Jordan started in the hospitality industry fresh out of high school and his passion for it runs deep. He has also worked in every aspect of the industry both front and back of house. After taking a short hiatus to be in the HVAC industry, Jordan ultimately returned to his calling to open Baron Von Schwein, a barbecue food truck and eatery. In 2017, Jordan rebranded his concept to Roost Uncommon Kitchen, a southern inspired breakfast spot offering house smoked meats and scratch biscuits. Jordan mentors aspiring chefs on sourcing, pricing, and menu development.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Most excitingly, this project is part of a collaboration of a few key community organizations. We've received a grant from YorIt, and we've developed a partnership with the York College Department of Hospitality. Their students are instrumental in developing the concepts & business plans and executing them alongside professionals in the industry to gain real world experience & market research.