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Unusual deal nails down Fork Food Lab’s new home in South Portland

By Laurie Schreiber

An unconventional sale has allowed Fork Food Lab, a shared commercial kitchen and food startup incubator in Portland, to expand to a permanent location in South Portland. The move is tentatively scheduled for June 1.

Fork Food Lab bought 95-97 Darling Ave. from East Brown Cow — a Portland-based real estate investment, development and management company — for $5.9 million.

“Our ability to purchase the property hinged on our partnership with East Brown Cow and they were willing to grant us an unusual amount of time to put all the pieces together to make this a reality for our members,” said Bill Seretta, executive director of Fork Food Lab, indicating that the deal had its roots in 2021.

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