Detroit’s Bedrock today announced Galley Group Inc., the company behind Pittsburgh’s food hall and restaurant incubator Smallman Galley, will open a location in Detroit’s Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort St. It will be the company’s fourth location and is slated to open fall 2018.
“We are excited to open in this historic building,” says Tyler Benson, co-founder of Galley Group. “We’re even more thrilled to have a part in finding and assisting some of this city’s best undiscovered culinary talent.”
The Federal Reserve Building’s 8,646-square-foot space will feature an open floor plan with four kitchen spaces and a centralized full bar.
Galley Group is a food hall development, management, and advisory company headquartered in Pittsburgh. Chef-owners have the opportunity to run their own businesses for low risk and low cost in the company’s high-volume food hall spaces.
The company was founded by Benson and Ben Mantica, two former U.S. Navy Lieutenants who want to help local chefs. It has two Pittsburgh locations, and a Cleveland location is expected to open in fall 2018.
“The incubator model is a proven success in this city,” says Jim Ketai, CEO of Bedrock Detroit. “Many of the most successful local brands are alums. In fact, several of our own tenants did stints in places like Ponyride or Bedrock’s seasonal markets before opening their brick-and-mortar locations. Creating opportunities for Detroiters and helping local entrepreneurs achieve their dreams are paramount to Bedrock’s development strategy. It will be really exciting to see what great ideas are born and nurtured through Galley Group.”
Galley Group partners with real estate developers, community leaders, industry veterans, and local restaurant operators to create social experiences centered on food, drinks, and the arts.
Applications for the kitchen spaces are now available at galleygrp.com/apply. Chefs will submit their restaurant ideas, and the four chefs selected will launch their restaurant concepts with very low financial risk, as Galley Group provides everything from kitchens to mentoring for front-of-house staff. Applications are due May 1.
Bedrock is a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, developing, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential buildings. It was founded in 2011 and, along with its affiliates, has since committed more than $5.6 billion in acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in downtown Detroit and Cleveland totaling more than 16 million square feet. The company’s portfolio consists of more than 330 office and retail tenants in Detroit’s downtown.