The ProjectTukwila Village Food Hall interior design

Food businesses have traditionally been a way for many striving immigrants and low-income families to make a living. However, skyrocketing real estate and rental rates are making it difficult for these entrepreneurs to access commercial kitchen and restaurant spaces in South King County.

Tukwila Village Food Hall will provide the space and support to help these entrepreneurs launch and scale to successful local businesses. The Food Hall will also provide a community hub — a space where people can gather to learn about and celebrate the community’s rich food traditions.

The 2,900-square-foot facility will include a commercial kitchen with four cook stations, five food retail stalls (including one stall designated for pop-ups and cooking demos), and a community dining area. The space will accommodate 20 food businesses, including eight that will rent stalls in the public Food Hall. Other businesses will use the kitchen for off-site sales, such as catering and farmers markets.

The facility will allow for expansion of FIN’s Food Business Incubator pilot program, which provides services including subsidized rent at a shared commercial kitchen, permit assistance, market channel development, and other business supports.

The Food Hall will be in Tukwila Village, a new mixed development with 400 new affordable and market-rate apartments managed by Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations (SHAG), a nonprofit organization. Construction began in December of 2018, and the facility will be ready for operations in spring of 2020. Architectural designs and equipment layout for the Food Hall have been completed. We are now working closely with the developer, Pacific Northern Construction Company, to build out the necessary tenant improvements.

Capital Campaign

Building out the facility and installing kitchen equipment will cost $850,000. Thanks to our local funding partners and the State of Washington, we’ve already raised more than half of this amount!  

Communities of Opportunity and the Port of Seattle have provided support in the pilot testing, pre-construction needs, and program expansion.  

The State of Washington has appropriated $400,000 in its capital budget to support the project; the budget request was sponsored by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, and supported by dozens of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders. 

We continue to seek sponsors, and have launched a capital campaign to help raise the remaining funds.

Are you a visionary funder? We invite you to collaborate with us:

  • Make a gift online – donations of any size are welcomed.
  • Join our crowdfunding campaign and help us spread the word.
  • Enjoy one of our Friday lunch pop-up fundraisers at Boon Boona Coffee.
  • Contact us about naming opportunities – the new food stalls, dining area, kitchen, children’s play area, and donor appreciation wall present opportunities to recognize contributors.
  • Do you have marketing expertise, commercial equipment, or other skills or resources that would help build out this space? Please get in touch!

To learn more and get involved, please contact FIN Program Director Kara Martin: kara@foodinnovationnetwork.org or (206) 850-2877.

Application Process for Food Stall Vendors and Other Food Entrepreneurs

FIN entrepreneur Zozan

Tukwila Village Food Hall will be home to 20 food businesses, including eight businesses renting retail food stalls in the dining area. Other businesses will be able to rent the commercial kitchen for off-site sales such as catering, farmers markets and packaged foods.

Food stalls will include a hot food display case, countertop, storage and a hand sink. The majority of cooking will be in the commercial kitchen. Each stall will be shared by two businesses with an agreed-upon schedule.

Interested entrepreneurs apply and commit to program requirements once enrolled. Every applicant is screened to ensure they meet basic program qualifications, including being a resident of South King County. We require applicants to complete a basic business development training course (see options here) to be eligible to apply.

We have begun enrolling businesses to join the Incubator, access the new commercial kitchen, and rent food stalls. For more information about applying and required training, contact Njambi Gishuru: njambi@foodinnovationnetwork or (206) 291-7407. And please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on Tukwila Village Food Hall!

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