The old Duck Creek Antique Mall will soon be home to Oakley Kitchen, a 20,000-square-foot market-style incubator for aspiring food entrepreneurs and established businesses alike, where visitors will be able to sample new and experimental dishes. Founded by Cincinnati restaurateur Elias Leisring, owner of Eli’s BBQ, the idea originated when he realized he needed more space for his ’cue colony’s retail and catering production. He and his business team are curating the kitchen’s merchants, and the spot will serve as a launch pad for food startups. “Everyone needs more kitchen space and a supportive place to start,” says Leisring. It will include eight rentable pods (plus Eli’s BBQ as a constant), as well as a fully stocked bar and an open area for food trucks. As for the opening date, Leisring hopes that will come sometime this fall. “As with all large projects and development, timelines are subject to so many outside variables,” he says. We will check our pockets for some patience while we await opening day.
Oakley Kitchen, 3715 Madison Rd., Oakley