New York State Senator Charles Schumer hopes to secure over $1 million in grant money to fund the Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator in the Sibley Building.

ROCHESTER — Senator Charles Schumer was in Rochester on Monday to announce the push for the creation of the first-ever food business incubator in Rochester.

Schumer is hoping to secure approximately $1 million in funding to create The Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator in the Sibley Building.  

Construction of the project will hinge on a $1.6 million grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration to make The Commissary a reality.

If the funding is secured, the 30,000 square foot buildings will become a food industry incubator space that will be an affordable resource for small, food oriented businesses in the community.

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation has a wait list with 152 food entrepreneurs interested in using the Commissary Downtown Kitchen Incubator’s planned facilities and services to start and grow their businesses.

“Hundreds of new food-based Rochester businesses that could be creating jobs now are instead stuck on the back burner. That’s why today I am announcing my push to secure the nearly $1 million federal grant needed to build the first-ever food business incubator in Rochester. The Commissary Kitchen Incubator is Rochester’s recipe to serve up new jobs and new businesses, while creating a destination to bring visitors, diners, and more to revitalize downtown,” said Senator Schumer. “By eliminating the enormous cost of building a commercial kitchen and offering incubation and business support services, The Commissary will provide entrepreneurs with a much-needed pathway to establish or grow packaged food businesses, restaurants, bakeries, catering companies, and more. So today my message to the Feds is simple: help us cook up something special in Rochester by making the Commissary Kitchen Incubator a reality.”


Within its first year of operation, The Commissary anticipates indirectly creating and growing thirty food businesses and sixty jobs.