ECDI Food Fort

Food-and-drink-based entrepreneurs, we have all the ingredients for your success.

ECDI's Food Fort is an industrial-sized facility offering all the physical resources a restaurant or food-based business needs, along with training, services and access to capital.

Whether you're just starting up, expanding your existing business or looking for a more cost-effective way to operate, Food Fort is a smart solution. You can reduce your costs and minimize your risk, over taking on the expense of your own facility.


About ECDI Food Fort

At the Food Fort, you'll find

  • An expansive, commercial-grade kitchen

  • Walk-in freezer and cooler space

  • Dry storage bays

  • Ample prep space

  • Drive-in access for food trucks

  • Food truck parking and electrical hook-up

Some of the ways members leverage the Food Fort

  • Space to expand takeout services beyond what they can maintain from their restaurants

  • Food truck commissary and parking

  • Takeout-only business model

  • Prep kitchen for catering or food trucks

  • Small-scale manufacturing of packaged food or drink items

  • Prep and shipping for eCommerce or delivery product

  • Facilities for proof-of-concept tests

  • Cooking and prep facilities for pop-up restaurants


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