Published On: 05/21/2021Categories: Economic Development, Entrepreneurs, Industry News

Greater FW Business Weekly: Kitchen17 Opening HQ, Operations in Huntington, Adding 64 New Jobs

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Two sisters are returning to Huntington and bringing their vegan pizza restaurant and headquarters with them.

Kitchen 17, a vegan food producer and restaurant, announced plans May 21 to relocate its headquarters, production and marketing operations from Illinois to Northeast Indiana, creating up to 64 new jobs in Huntington by the end of 2024.

Kitchen 17 will invest more than $1 million to purchase and renovate the historical Herald Press building located at 7 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington. The 25,000-square-foot pizza production facility will house the company’s headquarters as well as food production, packaging and distribution operations including a prep kitchen, small retail tasting room, urban rooftop farming solutions and restaurant event space. The facility will also house a new photo and video production studio for the company’s marketing, branding and content team, Smiley Face Media. Kitchen 17 and Smiley Face Media are owned by sisters and Hoosier natives Jennie and Lorry Plasterer, respectively.

Read the full story on Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly here.