Welcome to freshLAB Batavia

NOW recruiting Foodies, farmers and craft beer connoisseurs.

Field to fork has been buzzing for years, it’s time for Batavia to set the table. Research suggests  Geneseans spend more than $20,000,000 outside Genesee County, NY to eat, drink and be entertained. Residents say they travel elsewhere to enjoy healthy food, seafood and ethnic flavors.   In order to tap this immense potential, local Restaurant Creativity Advocates conceptualized freshLAB restaurant incubator to encourage creativity, best practices and entrepreneurship for the food and beverage industry.


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    While inconvenient to some now, you’ll all be glad when it moves in a couple months! Construction is on-time for December opening of the much anticipated restaurant incubator on Main Street. Batavia Brewing Company will anchor the space inviting two more start-up restaurants to follow.  The 10,000 square foot foodhall will feature more than 150 varying seating options, a bocce court and “brew hole” in a well-appointed, expansive dining room.


BOOT CAMP Program Orientation FREE, enroll later.

We’re excited to host our first freshLAB BOOT CAMP Program Orientation Monday evening, October 16th. All are welcome to attend but must pre-register so we are sure to have enough room! The night will feature representatives to assist in setting up a business to industry specialists identifying the top priority when opening a restaurant. You…

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Empanadas are a HIT!

  freshLAB Mentor, Matt Gray & Victor Figueroa, Foodie Challenge WINNER! Victor Figueroa WINS the FOODIE CHALLENGE! Victor prepared Puerto Rican-y Cheeseburger Empanada w Passion Fruit Chili Sauce – DELISH! He strolls home with both the People’s Choice and freshLAB Selection Committee prizes. Much appreciation to the People’s Choice abundant gift basket sponsors: Batavia Restaurant…

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Who’s with Eli Fish?

  Partners Matt Gray and Jon Mager are opening Eli Fish Brewing Co, a start-up full service micro-brewery, at freshLAB restaurant incubator. The foodhall now under construction will host two more restaurant start-ups…but who? Come taste for yourself!!! Cast your ballot at the People’s Choice Tasting Saturday night. The Foodie Challenge will feature candidates considering…

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