KING CITY, Mo. — Belle Epoque and Friedrich’s Market in St. Joseph have announced a partnership to provide a small restaurant and market items for sale at Think Ahead Works, 107 W. Vermont St. in King City, Missouri.
On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Belle Epoque Test Kitchen plans to open its doors utilizing the newly remodeled commercial kitchen on location, according to a news release from Mosaic Life Care Foundation.
Friedrich’s Market owner Nicole Radke stated in the news release that Think Ahead Works is a unique opportunity and allows Belle Epoque Test Kitchen to make connections with the residents in King City and neighboring communities.
“We want people to feel at home when they walk in,” said Radke. “It’s not just about what is on the menu or what we have to offer, it is that community aspect.”
The business will offer “take and bake” items in addition to breads and locally produced items such as jams and eggs. It will operate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday.
Since May 2017, Think Ahead Works has offered programming to empower youth and offer business incubator service for entrepreneurs in rural northwest Missouri communities.
The Forum reached out to Think Ahead Works Coordinator Abby Bonwell who explained The Foundation had been looking to expand its reach into the rural communities of northwest Missouri.
"Since King City was rather a central location between Albany, Maryville and St. Joseph we decided to locate here," she said.
Mosaic Life Care Foundation President Julie Gaddie said in the release that the foundation is committed to growing healthy and thriving communities. The idea to provide a fully-equipped commercial kitchen in the Gentry County region began when it realized it could provide space and resources for local entrepreneurs to fully conduct their businesses.
“Think Ahead Works is a unique opportunity to encourage and support regional economic prosperity through the infusion of growing businesses,” she said.
Bonwell, who said the building in King City still has room for more growth. It has three main spaces, a retail space in front, a conference room for co-working space and a commercial kitchen.
"There is also rental space next door in the Foundation Building, 105 W. Vermont St. ... for classes, events, presentations etc.," she said.
For more information about the program, contact Think Ahead Works Coordinator Abby Bonwell at 816-271-7519 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.