Eight food and beverage companies are semi-finalists in the 2022 Hatch Detroit competition

The Comerica Hatch Detroit competition is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and with it, eight food and beverage-related companies have qualified for the semi-finals. Also new this year, the 11-year-old initiative has partnered with nonprofit business support organization, TechTown, to build its capacity to provide technical assistance to start-up and small-scale businesses and entrepreneurs.

The 10 semi-finalists are all vying for $100,000 in seed money from Comerica Bank to open a physical business, in addition to a number of services including accounting, legal, IT and public relations support.

The competition has helped develop some of Detroit’s most popular new food and beverage projects for nearly a decade, including: Sister Pie, Batch Brewing Company, The fair, Rocco’s Italian grocery storeand Baobab rate. Between June 16 at midnight and June 23 at 11:59 p.m., the first round of public voting is open, giving residents time to determine who will advance to the final. Check out this year’s nominees below:

Food and drink:

  • COLFETARIE: This Romanian-inspired dessert and bake shop is currently operating as an online business offering meringue fruitcakes, Romanian tea cookies and traditional branzoaice and is looking to set up shop downtown.

  • Craig’s Coffee: Founded by Craig Batory in 2019 as a coffee roaster, plans include a community coffee roastery and coffee bar where fellow roasters can roast and sell their own produce and a commissary kitchen available to other food and beverage businesses for food preparation, storage, and services.

  • Detroit Farm and Cider: The city’s first black woman-owned cider house, located on a 4.9-acre commercial farm on Detroit’s west side, opened in 2020, sourcing cider and cider first. donuts from Parmenter’s Cider Mill in Northville. Founder Leandra King plans to build a cider house and offer youth day camps and horseback riding lessons.

  • Gajiza Dumplins: Currently operating at the tiki bar in Lost River, east of town, this dumpling shop specializes in handmade Asian-style dumplings, available in over 30 flavors ranging from traditional pork and Shumai prawns with miso cheeseburger gyoza and goat cheese and leek.

  • Jo’s Gallery Cafe: Jo’s Gallery is a 20-year-old art gallery that operates on Livernois de la Mode Avenue and is looking to launch an adjacent pan-ethnic restaurant offering cuisine with identifiable African origins and influences from Asia, the Mediterranean and the Americas. .

  • Lily’s & Elise: a luxury tearoom on Fashion Avenue focused on upscale European-style afternoon and tea service with freshly baked pastries, small plates and teas from around the world.

  • Little Liberia: Founder Ameneh Marhaba has been cooking traditional Liberian dishes — cuisine that has influences from Africa, the Caribbean and African-Americans from the Antebellum-South — for years under her popup Kitchen Ramaj, now renamed Little Liberia. Now she’s looking to open up a brick-and-mortar space.

  • Pong Detroit: A table tennis social club that features an extensive menu of pizzas, burgers, and entrees with names that pay homage to Motown’s golden age (Aretha’s “World Famous” Fried Chicken Franklin, for example). Pong Detroit offers a safe space for competitive ping pong matches, youth programs, and accessible play for adapted wheelchair table tennis and senior programming.

Non-food products and beverages:

  • K. Walker Collective: A lifestyle clothing company focused on young urban professionals by offering an eclectic range of street fashion, comfort and refinement.

  • Motor City House of Stone: A distributor of engineered and natural stone slabs in southeast Michigan that offers a selection of premium quality granite, marble, quartz and other stone from a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Detroit .

Since its inception in 2011, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 49 businesses, employed more than 500 workers, and invested more than $7 million in the local economy.

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