The sharing economy is creeping into another facet of Detroit’s everyday life: pop-up retail.
YumVillage is working to make it easier for aspiring chefs to find a temporary space to open a pop-up restaurant and create a following.
"We would like to be the AirBnB for the food industry," says Godwin Ihentuge, chief villager at YumVillage
The mortgage banker at Quicken Loans ran his own pop-up restaurant last year, specializing in gluten-free and vegan foods. He worked a number of events in Detroit, such as Dally in the Alley
The challenge for Ihentuge, who recently graduated from D:hive's BUILD program
, wasn’t finding customers. It was finding space to temporarily set up shop. There was no beaten path that aspiring foodpreneurs could follow to find space for their pop-up besides word of mouth and more than a little luck.
"YumVillage was the brainchild to streamline the process," Ihentuge says.
He and a team of four other people launched YumVillage out of Bamboo Detroit
last October. It is now working with 25 chefs and 10 locations lined up with easy steps for pop-ups to set up shop. One of the locations is a rotating pop-up restaurant at the Junction440
co-working space in TechTown
that is open between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Source: Godwin Ihentuge, chief villager at YumVillage
Writer: Jon Zemke
Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.