Broad­way Mar­ket soon to add po­lice sub­sta­tion, com­mer­cial kitchen

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Dei­dre Wil­liams NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

There’s more than the Easter sea­son to look for­ward to at the Broad­way Mar­ket.

A new Wi-Fi net­work has been in­stalled, and a new $500,000 Buf­falo Po­lice sub­sta­tion and a $464,000 com­mer­cial kitchen are open­ing in about a month on the build­ing’s first floor.

The Kitchen @ The Mar­ket, a li­censed com­mer­cial kitchen that food en­trepreneurs can use to grow their small busi­nesses, will be avail­able for busi­nesses in the mar­ket as well oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

For start-up food busi­nesses, the kitchen is “crit­i­cally im­por­tant” because of­ten start-ups do not have the re­sources to pur­chase com­mer­cial-level equip­ment, said Mayor By­ron W. Brown Fri­day dur­ing the an­nual kick­off of the Easter sea­son at the Broad­way Mar­ket.

“Whether it be pro­duc­tion, a food truck, a caterer, lots of small busi­nesses can­not af­ford the equip­ment in­volved in run­ning a food busi­ness so the city thought it would be a great idea ... to have a li­censed com­mer­cial kitchen right here in the Broad­way Mar­ket,” said Kathleen Peter­son, man­ager of the Broad­way Mar­ket.

In­ter­ested par­ties may rent the kitchen through West­min­ster Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive – WEDI – which was hired by the city as the kitchen’s part-time man­ager, Peter­son said. WEDI will han­dle ap­pli­ca­tions and do the sched­ul­ing.

Ameni­ties in the kitchen in­clude a six-burner stove, a double-con­vec­tion oven, re­frig­er­a­tor, freezer, dish­washer and food prep ta­bles – all stain­less steel.

When the kitchen opens, it will op­er­ate 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. Satur­days will be for pub­lic pro­grams, fea­tur­ing visit­ing chefs and healthy cook­ing classes. Down the road, the goal is to have the kitchen open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Peter­son said.

“The com­mer­cial kitchen will open up a tremen­dous hori­zon of pos­si­bil­i­ties,” said Fill­more Coun­cil Mem­ber David A. Franczyk, whose dis­trict in­cludes Broad­way Mar­ket.

The new fa­cil­ity will be “re­ally great,” said Amanda Page, owner of The Sweet Whisk choco­late and pas­try bou­tique, one of the busi­nesses at Broad­way Mar­ket that may be us­ing the kitchen. “I’m re­ally hop­ing it brings a lot more peo­ple into the mar­ket, a lot more busi­nesses, a lot more cus­tomers, every­one from the com­mu­nity.”

The Buf­falo Po­lice Sub­sta­tion at the Broad­way Mar­ket will be staffed by eight to 12 of­fi­cers from about 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. They’ll pa­trol in­side the mar­ket and out in the Broad­way-Fill­more com­mu­nity, Brown said.

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