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Think & Drink highlights food and beverage

Posted by admin at 3:20 PM on Feb 22, 2017


START-UP Genesee Think and Drink event premired at freshLAB restaurant incubator located in Newberry Place on Main Street  on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

The Newberry Place is an historic renovation and conversion of Batavia’s former JJ Newberry store into the freshLAB restaurant incubator as well as seven new upper floor apartments.  It is designed to use locally grown products capitalizing on Genesee County’s agricultural strength. 

The hosts for the event include Matt Gray, and Jon Mager who are co-owners of Batavia Brewing Company and the first tenant of freshLAB; and, Julie Pacatte, executive director of the Batavia Development Corporation, which provided various incentives to the redevelopment project.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate setting for area entrepreneurs to gather and share ideas than freshLAB,” said Chris Suozzi, vice president of the Genesee County Economic Development Center.  “This type of innovation is connecting our rural communities with downtown Batavia.”

START-UP Genesee is intended to assist all types of businesses from early stage planning to site selection, access to capital and product development or diversification.

The Think and Drink series is sponsored by:


·         Canandaigua National Bank

·         Tompkins Bank of Castile Insurance Agencies

·         Feed Maxick CPAs

·         Merrill Lynch of Batavia

·         University at Buffalo New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, Life Sciences and Material Informatic

·         Del Plato Casey LLP

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