Pittsburgh’s Galley Group is opening a fourth food hall incubator in the the Federal Reserve Building in downtown Detroit this autumn. The food hall company manages and advises chefs for year long contracts in its two Pittsburgh locations and a Cleveland location set to open this summer. Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock LLC purchased the West Fort Street building, which also houses the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, in 2012.
The company expects to put a couple million dollars into the 8,646-square-foot space on the ground floor but noted they’ll keep the interior relatively preserved. Galley Group co-founder Benjamin Mantica said, “We’re gonna leave a lot of the bones of the building exposed, because it is such an amazing building.”
The Galley Group is accepting applications for spots until May 1 and will offer rent-free kitchen space, advising services, and dining room staff in return for 30 percent of net sales. Chefs will still be responsible for kitchen staff and food costs. The driving idea behind the food hall incubator is to give emerging chefs the tools to create, test, and perfect their art before embarking out to open their own brick and mortar restaurants. The Galley Group will narrow the pool of applicants to eight candidates who will then pitch their ideas for a spot in the winning four.
By Jared Hoffman
Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group