The Loop

CoMo Cooks Shared Kitchen

Our Goals

~Creating an attractive and authentic multimodal corridor.

~Attracting and retaining diverse and innovative businesses, employees, makers, and investors.

~Designing a street that is safe, vibrant, healthy, and welcoming to all.

~Communicating the importance of the area to Columbia.
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CoMo Cooks Shared Kitchen

The Loop CID and REDI have partnered to develop CoMo Cooks, a shared commercial Kitchen at Mizzou North.

CoMo Cooks will give all cooks a chance to turn their recipes into a business reality, regardless of background, income, or status. The goal is to increase entrepreneurial success by providing accessible, inclusive, and affordable kitchen space for starting and expanding local food-based businesses. Additional support provided by REDI and The Loop CID in the form of business coaching, shared branding, pop-ups and other promotions will help local food entrepreneurs succeed.

The CoMo Cooks project will benefit the community by:

  • Encouraging the growth of local food entrepreneurs by reducing barriers and creating opportunities for those without easy access to a commercial kitchen, including those who have been impacted by racial, social, and economic inequality.
  • Supporting local and regional farmers by providing cost-effective space to produce value-added products.
  • Increasing the economic vitality of the Business Loop by developing a catalytic project that can spur new food-based businesses along the corridor.
  • Creating quality jobs that support upward economic mobility for the residents of Columbia and Boone County.
  • Providing a space that can be used in the future for business incubation, workforce development, food safety classes, and other training opportunities.

Recognizing that the local community of makers, artisans, crafters, and cooks has a significant impact on our economy, REDI and The Loop CID teamed up to receive one of six national grants designed to help Columbia identify and support local, small-scale manufacturing along the Business Loop Corridor. This shared kitchen was a direct recommendation of that public visioning process and is even more critical today given the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy.

Location

Mizzou North
115 Business Loop 70 West

The Loop
601 Business Loop 70 W#128
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 443-LOOP
[email protected]

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