Part of the Working Landscapes Food Hub, Main Street Kitchen comprises of a café and a shared-used commercial kitchen that serve the community of Warrenton and are located at 110 South Main Street. The café is operated by Bakery Pride, a tenet venture that serves coffee, espresso drinks, and baked goods and is open for business from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday – Saturday. Additionally, Main Street Kitchen operates a shared-use commercial kitchen and rents the space to food entrepreneurs on an hourly basis. For more information about renting the shared-use commercial kitchen, please contact Tim Williams at (252) 257-0205.
Located in a recently renovated historic building in the center of downtown Warrenton, Main Street Kitchen serves as a vital third place—a term coined by Ray Oldenberg to describe places that are neither home nor work, but that are critical to fostering interaction and creative problem solving in a community. We want to provide a home in the center of town for those looking for a comfortable place to read the paper, work on your laptop, strike up a conversation with someone new, or catch up with a friend.
Main Street Kitchen is an accessible venue where local/regional artists can share their work and a place where community members can propose and instigate happenings of various sorts. We want to help foster a community conversation in Warren County and across the region about the interconnections between the economy, health, the environment and community quality of life. In a small community that is often portrayed as “economically distressed,” we also want to be a model of what is possible.
We believe that the exchange of goods and services–and especially food–should improve quality of life and ecological health in a community, not lead to the erosion of local character or resilience. By helping to rebuild local and regional food networks, Working Landscapes seeks to be a connector between local farmers and local consumers and to help extend the local food movement into rural, low-income communities.