Monday, February 6, 2017

K-Plate Korean leaving Troy Kitchen for its own location

The Troy Kitchen has lost a second food vendor. Unlike the first, however, this one is a case of outgrowing the food court venue that its founder created about a year ago as a business incubator.

As I reported last week, La Petite Crepe decided to close just short of its first anniversary. Its owner announced no plans to reopen the business anywhere else. Now, we learn that K-Plate Korean BBQ, like La Petite Crepe an original tenant of the food court, has opted to move into its own quarters rather then renew its lease.

That seems a natural progression for a business that began as an on-campus food cart operation run by a pair of RPI students, John Gih and Kevin Shin. They are moving K-Plate to nearby 75 Fourth Street where a daycare center formerly operated.

As Troy Kitchen founder Corey Nelson says, their decision is in keeping with his philosophy of offering space for people to create startup businesses, then grow enough to move on to their own venues. Nelson says he is in talks with several potential tenants to move into his space at 77 Congress Street.

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