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Pilotworks closes its doors

The move came as a surprise to its customers

A commercial kitchen on Flushing Avenue before the company abruptly shut down
(Credit: Pilotworks

Restaurant and food product incubator Pilotworks shuttered its doors after raising $15.2 million, according to Eater NY. The startup provided small businesses access to flexible commercial kitchen space. Additionally, they helped them distribute their goods to stores around the city. 

Cost: Members would pay between $300 to $3,000 per month. There were 175 vendors who worked out of the 200,000 SF shared kitchen in Bushwick. Good idea, but unsustainable business model. 

Political Angle: The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President provided the company with $1.3 million to build out its location in the borough.

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