Taste Test is a restaurant incubator where aspiring restaurateurs go through a mentorship process to develop their concepts. They audition them to the York community in a series of pop ups to gain feedback as they continue to hone their business skills on the back end. Finally, successful concepts are given an opportunity for alternative financing to open a permanent brick and mortar location.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Stop by the cafe, eat at each concept, give us suggestions, give us your ideas for the next concept. At the end give us feedback to tell us what you'd like to see permanently downtown. Even consider becoming a part owner of the establishment.
Or, pitch your own idea! We're 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 them. Ideas that are chosen will have a chance to audition their concepts in a 3 day series where the community can come and taste the food.
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.