Camp Street Via ‘Hope & Main’

The Hope & Main culinary incubator has received a $178,000 grant from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and we all stand to benefit. Two recently opened Providence eateries emerged from Hope & Main and are changing the face of Camp Street.

Seen here is Hometown Poké at 185 Camp Street. RI Monthly wrote up the young owners a year ago when they served up poké out of the original Hometown cart on Waterman Street.

Two young entrepreneurs, Rebecca Brady and Tiffany Ting, teamed up to launch their business idea that brings fresh healthy food to Rhode Island in the form of poke bowls. Brady is a Pawtucket native, and she and Ting met while working together at a West Coast consulting firm. They became fast friends and enjoyed traveling places together, including Hawaii. “We fell in love with the local cuisine there,” says Brady. “Poke is pretty available on the West Coast, but it wasn’t available here.”

I am a recent and enthusiastic convert to these Hawaiian raw fish salad bowls. For the uninitiated, the system of assembling your own combo is similar to the routine at Chipotle. Newbies can just opt for some of their signature bowls. Hometown opens early with baked goods and tea and coffee, closing at 8pm. The interior is light and modern. In response to my inquiry, manager Heather proudly informed me that her dad had made the blond communal table. They are closed Mondays.

Also on Camp Street at the corner of Doyle Avenue is Rebelle Artisan Bagels, opened last year by chemical engineer Milena Pagan, a transplant who couldn’t find the hand-rolled and boiled bagels she wanted to eat. Isn’t that always the way. (ProJo 10.31.17)

In her report today in the ProJo, Gail Ciampa adds that Hope & Main has more good news.

With the recent addition of a Contract Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program through an Innovation Network Matching Grant from the state, Hope & Main can now help start-up food businesses by performing small-batch manufacturing for them in the four commercial kitchens at the Warren facility.

Time to bring that special recipe to market?

1 thought on “Camp Street Via ‘Hope & Main’”

  1. Woo hoo. What do people who did not move to Camp Street yesterday think about $2.00 for a plain bagel? That is more than they cost in fancy parts of NYC.
    And Poke, cash-free. Way to send a message while being just too cool.

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