At a time when restaurants and food service vendors are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, local entrepreneurs working out of the city's Revolving Test Kitchen will be able to reap the rewards of a $600,0000 federal grant issued by the United States Economic Development Administration. The grant was supported by Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren as well as Rep. Lori Trahan, who said the investment brings with it 100 jobs. The test kitchen is facilitated by the Lawrence Partnership.
“The Revolving Test Kitchen has been a valuable program for business and community development over the last three years and this additional investment will support the scaling of the model as the needs of our food based businesses has never been greater,” Derek Mitchell, Lawrence Partnership's executive director, said in a statement. “We are grateful for the collaboration leadership of so many partners — including our federal delegation, Lupoli Companies, NECC, and the City of Lawrence among others — to help realize this vision.”