Sustainable entrepreneurship and economic growth go hand in hand. Lupoli Companies continues to support local entrepreneurs in a number ways. We believe in investing with a long-term focus on making a positive impact that enrich lives, strengthen business and build a more optimistic future. By supporting local entrepreneurs we help our community move forward.
10 months ago, the Revolving Test Kitchen (RTK) was launched in the heart of downtown Lawrence as an incubator and pop-up restaurant. The objective of the RTK is to provide restaurant entrepreneurs with a trial run of their ventures and also contribute to Lawrence’s economic success. This collaboration between Lupoli Companies, the city of Lawrence, The Lawrence Partnership and Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is a pilot program that has already helped one local food entrepreneur get the jump start he needed.
In less than one year, Ray Gonzalez has transformed Coco Ray’s, a former local restaurant food truck venture, into a brick and mortar destination for many throughout the city of Lawrence. Ray was able to expand his business and plan for long-term growth due in part to the guidance and support he received along the way. Ray is now ready to transition Coco Ray’s to a more permanent location in Lawrence’s downtown area. Through a continued collaborative effort, Ray is receiving advice and guidance on next steps that include: site selection, a working business plan, lease negotiations, hiring staff and planning for the future.
“The success of the Revolving Test Kitchen is an indication of the entrepreneurial energy that is alive in the Merrimack Valley,” said Sal Lupoli, President and CEO of Lupoli Companies. “Ray’s enthusiasm and drive have greatly contributed to the success of this pilot program.”
RTK is launching a new search for Lawrence’s next budding food entrepreneur who will occupy the Common Street location and expand upon the success Coco Ray’s has established. If you’re a food entrepreneur with a vision and passion to grow your business please follow this link – apply now!