Food Entrepreneurs Wanted for Restaurant Incubator

Common Table aims to shepherd restaurateurs, chefs and
local food pioneers to develop their dreams

Entrepreneurs are invited to test their restaurant ideas at Philadelphia's first pop-up restaurant incubator, Common Table, set to launch this fall.

Aspiring restaurateurs, creative chefs and local food pioneers will develop their dream restaurant from concept to creation backed with professional support from The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC). Selected applicants will undergo an individualized, 6- to 12-month training program toward implementing their ideas at the retail space in West Philadelphia. Those interested should apply for the Common Table Fellowship.

The application process includes a preliminary questionnaire, followed by a business plan submission. The finale will be a public tasting event judged by local culinary celebrities.

"We are looking for people who know how to cook and have a passion for food service, but don’t necessarily have the know-how or the resources to execute their ideas at the restaurant level, " says Della Clark, the Enterprise Center’s president.

To align with TEC-CDC’s goal to nurture a wholesome local food system, Common Table will use locally sourced food from West Philly Foods CSA and train front-of-house staff from the community.

For more information, contact Senior Director of Programming Bryan Fenstermaker at