Despite the Pandemic, We Still Wanted to Be in The Kitchen...
Parts & Labor was born during the pandemic. We operated as a ghost restaurant in the OTR starting in July 2020 – pickup and delivery only. We sent weekly menus out via email, took orders online and fed our customers twice a week. In 2021 we moved to the Oakley Kitchen Food Hall and pivoted to a counter-service restaurant as the pandemic began to subside. We doubled in size but experienced hard-learned lessons that, unfortunately, left us with no choice but too leave the food hall for greener pastures.
Over the last year, we grew our catering operation and started providing prepared meals to some of the other food vendors at the Incubator Kitchen Collective in Newport, KY. Then, in April, we were awarded a grant from Main Street Ventures to fund a mobile BBQ rig unlike anything we've seen in Cincinnati. It's a beautiful rig and will be the centerpiece for our growing special events and wedding catering capabilities.
But the story doesn't end there. We are excited to annouce our partnership with the award-winning brewers at Urban Artifact, located in the heart of the Northside Neighborhood in Cincinnati, OH. While our kitchen at Urban Artifact is under construction, we'll be operating from our new trailer, serving, what we believe, is some of the most unique BBQ in the area.
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