If you’ve walked past the corner of 5th & Adams recently, you have most likely noticed a few changes happening inside the previous Driftwood Restaurant space. The bar has been updated… will it be a bar? There are dining tables… will it be a restaurant? But, there are workstations with computers (and sometimes people working at them)… is it an office?
The answer is yes. To all of it.
Partners Eric Broughton and Francisco Saravia will be opening The Incubator next month. The Cafe + Bar & Workspace was partly inspired by WeWork, which is an office design of common spaces that includes natural light and a community to provide inspiration. The north side of the space will host a membership based co-workspace for digital start-ups & freelancers. Benefits will include not only the workspace (with a stellar downtown view), but also discounts on services provided by Broughton and team. With a marketing background, Broughton has a talent for app development, e-commerce, website creation and other digital platforms. “Our ultimate goal is to re-invest our profits in our member start-ups as angel investors” he explains.
The south side of the space will be the Cafe + Bar. “Why does a workspace have to JUST BE a workspace?” Broughton asked himself. That’s when he came up with the idea of integrating a restaurant and bar into The Incubator. The Cafe + Bar area is open to the public and will have a trendy menu of power bowls, a grab & go refrigerator, a simple coffee menu and of course adult beverages. “We want this to be a place where people can get out of their cubicle, enjoy the sunlight through the windows, grab an espresso or drink and get some work done” he explains. The partners have created an atmosphere for business after hours as well, with hopes it will be utilized for meetings, brainstorming sessions, and general good vibery.
“Our mission is to change the downtown culture to be a start-up culture with young creative jobs” Broughton says. They will start here, but “eventually want to build up the brand and franchise”.
With a resume full of start-ups of his own, Broughton has been through all of this before. He currently runs “Interactive Media“, a marketing & app development company. He was also the co-founder of “FitTube“, a fitness app. He has an MBA in Banking & Finance, but “my real passion is creating my own products”.
The Co-Workspace will be open Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm.
The Cafe + Bar will be open Monday – Wednesday 7am – 5pm & Thursday – Saturday 7am – 1am.