‘Incubator’ program helps young restaurateurs get their start


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — Local chefs are getting results by helping those wanting to start their own restaurant business.

The ‘Incubator’ program at Uptown Yolk is helping young restaurateurs through a three-month mentoring process. 

FOX 46 ran into some familiar faces participating in the program. Months ago, we helped get results for 225 Street Food after their trailer for their food truck was stolen.

“I realized it was gone so we reported it stolen the next day after it aired on the news and people reposted in the community I got a call from the police—it was over by the airport,” owner Anthony Denning said. 

Now, they’re ready for another food truck season.

“You guys covered the story when our food truck got stolen and now we have it back and we are moving forward,” said Denning. 

LINK: Stolen food truck found following FOX 46 report

The owners of the food truck say participating in the Incubator program has certainly helped.

“It’s been a great experience and has taught us budgeting learning different crowds, picking menus correctly and more than anything else that just because something doesn’t sail doesn’t mean it’s not good.” 

The program prepares young chefs for dealing with the real world with their very own restaurants.

“We’ve got more clientele, more people looking at us, and I’m confident this season will go great,” Kristen Bandoo saod. 

On Friday, people were invited today to come test out the food, and enjoy the culinary scene in Charlotte.

“We know what it’s like starting up and its tough in the rest industry and it’s a way for us to make some money,” said Gregory Collier of Uptown Yolk. 

Participants say the program benefits the people teaching and the people learning. 

“It’s a win-win for people starting a business and getting a clientele and it’s a win for us because we get to help people,” Collier said. 

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