BROOKLYN NAVY YARD ANNOUNCES FOOD MANUFACTURING HUB TENANT ROSTER, REFLECTIVE OF BROOKLYN’S DIVERSITY

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Tenants Range from International Brands to Local Start-ups, 150-250 Jobs to be Created

 

(Brooklyn, NY)  Six local food and beverage businesses will join anchor tenants Brooklyn Brewery and Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s new food manufacturing hub. Offering a culturally diverse blend of foods reflective of Brooklyn’s communities, the companies will manufacture and sell their products on-site at Building 77, the largest development project at the Yard to date, which will create 3,000 jobs.

The food manufacturing hub at Building 77 will bring a much-needed amenity to the Yard and the local community, and create a place where tenants and their employees can eat, work and collaborate. Complementing the larger, more established anchor tenants, the six local businesses are smaller, younger companies that will benefit from the nurturing environment and necessary production space offered at the Yard. In addition, two existing Yard tenants will have kiosks in the Hub offering locally made products.

Supporting New York City’s trend of continued growth in the food manufacturing sector, the food hub is expected to create 150-250 high-quality jobs when it opens next year. Recently, food manufacturing experienced the highest uptick in number of jobs created out of any manufacturing sector between 2011 and 2014, according to the Center for an Urban Future. The industry showed a 13.6 percent increase in employment during that time period, with no signs of slowing down. 

“The Food Manufacturing Hub reflects exactly what the Brooklyn Navy Yard is about: connecting businesses at different stages of development in an environment where they have the tools they need to grow and create jobs,” said David Ehrenberg, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “The food hub will truly reflect the diversity of Brooklyn. As the Yard grows, it will create a necessary place where tenants can come together and collaborate, while supporting the local business community with every bite.”                                                                                          

Brooklyn Navy Yard Food Manufacturing Hub Tenant Roster

Brooklyn Greenery – Providers of unique, healthy and clean food options, with a commitment to the environment and local community. Offerings will include smoothies, salads, juices, acai bowls, and a variety of breakfast and lunch items. This is the second outpost from Brooklyn natives John Augustin and Jason Young.

Total Square Feet: 580

Job Creation Total: 6

Rustik Tavern – Places an emphasis on engaging the community through regular events and partnerships with local schools and non-profits.  Brooklyn native and resident Frantz Metellus has owned and operated the Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill establishment since 2008, which serves fiercely flavorful classic comfort dishes and cocktails with a "Rustik" flair.  With Rustik’s eatery and bar at Building 77, he will bring a similar concept of community engagement to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Total Square Feet: 592

Job Creation Total: 12

The Food Sermon – Founded by St.Vincent and Grenadines native Chef Rawlston Williams, The Food Sermon offers Caribbean-inspired cuisine at affordable prices. The original Crown Heights location was intended to be a small outpost for a catering business, but the pint-sized restaurant quickly attracted neighborhood fans and critical acclaim. The signature Island Bowls feature savory stewed meats swimming in coconut-ginger and spicy tomato sauces. They will also be manufacturing their own brand of bottled Food Sermon hot sauces at the Brooklyn Navy Yard facility, as well as their popular house-made bottled teas.

Total Square Feet: 1,277

Job Creation Total:  10

Tiny Drumsticks – Fully licensed and equipped commissary designed to provide space for small manufacturers, emerging caterers, private chefs and special event coordinators to safely and legally craft their tasty creations at an affordable rate. Tiny Drumsticks will create a commissary option within feet of other emerging food entrepreneurs, promoting collaboration and opportunities for partnership. Founders Benjamin Sloan and Connie Sun opened their first location in LIC and will create a second facility at Building 77 that will be designed with an emphasis on food manufacturing. Bite Size Kitchen, a catering company, and popular Smorgasburg stand operated and co-owned by Connie Sun, and 97th Street concessions at Rockaway Beach, will operate out of Tiny Drumsticks and run the food service portion, offering their take on traditional American breakfast and lunch items, and rotating options from the other commercial kitchen users.

Total Square Feet: 2,171

Job Creation Total:  20-100

We Rub You Launched as a food stand at Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg selling Korean BBQ sliders. We Rub You is minority certified and 100% owned and operated by Korean-American sisters Ann and Janet Chung, who are committed to providing support for survivors of human trafficking. WRY Korean BBQ sauces and condiments, based on Ann and Janet’s family recipes, are made in the USA with authentic and natural ingredients and sold worldwide. We Rub You will be manufacturing an expanded line of Korean specialties and condiments and offering Korean lunch takeout at Building 77. Ann and Janet are excited to realize their vision of sharing love through Korean food.

Total Square Feet: 2,026

Job Creation Total: 10-15 

Grandchamps – Bed-Stuy Haitian eatery which celebrates the heritage of husband and wife owners Shawn and Sabrina Brockman. Grandchamps is committed to bringing positive awareness to Haitian culture and cuisine and hiring and training staff from the local community. The new Brooklyn Navy Yard location will offer coffee, tea, and Haitian breakfast and lunch options.

Total Square Feet: 630

Job Creation Total: 12

Kiosks

Mast Brothers Chocolate – Founded by brothers Rick and Michael Mast, the Brooklyn-based chocolate maker moved their operations into the Green Manufacturing Center (GMC) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified manufacturing facility in 2016. The kiosk at Building 77 will showcase their signature chocolate bars as well as some of their other chocolate based goodies such as beverages and flavorful confections.

Brooklyn Roasting Company – A Yard tenant who will be roasting and distributing all of their coffee beans from their soon to open factory at the Green Manufacturing Center, BRC will be selling coffee and other breakfast goodies from their kiosk in Building 77.

Food Manufacturing Hub Anchor Tenants

Brooklyn Brewery – The iconic Brooklyn Brewery will build a new 75,000 SF brewery, beer garden and headquarters at Building 77 and will produce 50,000 barrels of beer annually at the Yard. The Brewery will play a pivotal role in creating a vibrant publicly accessible food manufacturing and retail hub on the ground floor, while the rooftop beer garden and restaurant will be a welcome place for tenants and community members to relax, collaborate, and meet. 

Total Square Feet of Manufacturing space: 30,000

Job Creation Total: 30

Russ & Daughters – The venerable New York City food institution will anchor the ground floor of Building 77 with a food manufacturing center as well as a retail space and bagel sandwich shop, enabling it to dramatically expand its food production and distribution capabilities, and providing its first retail presence outside of Manhattan. Russ & Daughters will be an integral part of a bustling ecosystem at Building 77 and will also help attract and support a next generation of food entrepreneurs to the Yard.

Total Square Feet: 14,000

Job Creation Total: 42

With its largest expansion in nearly 50 years underway,and employment set to more than double in the next five years reaching 16,000, the Yard is modernizing every element of its infrastructure to make it the best place to work and grow a business in Brooklyn. With amenities like the food manufacturing hub, community supermarket, meeting spaces, and an expanded shuttle system the Yard is changing to meet the needs of the growing workforce.

 

About the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

 

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is owned by the City of New York and managed by the not-for-profit Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC). BNYDC leases space in the Yard, promotes local economic development, develops underutilized areas and oversees modernization of the Yard's infrastructure. Established in 1801, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as one of America's preeminent military facilities for more than 150 years. Today, the Yard is a thriving industrial park with more than 300 businesses that employ over 7,000 people. In 2011, BNYDC opened the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92—an exhibition, visitors and employment center—to celebrate the Yard’s past, present and future and its role as a national model for sustainable urban industry and job creation. Visit www.BrooklynNavyYard.org for more information.

 

Contact:         Michelle Friedman

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