Never again will this stainless steel look so spotless. KitchenCru, the 3,000-square-foot community kitchen space that straddles Old Town and the Pearl, is set to open on Monday with plenty of shiny new toys for its cooking clients: check the Convotherm steamer-oven, Cyrovac machine, and 160-square-foot cooler, in addition to a separate baking area and traditional line set-up. (On the not-quite-as-new side: Cru owner Michael Madigan sourced many of the incidental cooking implements from the kitchen of recently-shuttered Ten 01.)
A chef's bar made from ship-salvaged wood seats 12 people for tastings and demos within the kitchen space, while a 40-seat dining area will be shared between the comm kitchen and the CorksCru wine shop (run by former Square Deal proprietor Dan Beekley). Upon opening, KitchenCru's space will be shared by five already-committed clients (from caterers to packaged-food entrepreneurs); spots are still open for interested parties (kitchen-space rental is available via both hourly and monthly rates).
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