It looks like Eli Fish will add some extra soul to his place at 109 Main St., Batavia.
Mama Dee’z Kitchen owner Danielle Lumpkin and Eli Fish Brewing Company partner Matt Gray met this week and he agreed to go ahead with renting space to the business of Soulful, Caribbean dining inside the brewery, Gray said.
“We have agreed to move forward with lease negotiations, and I sent our first draft today,” Gray told The Batavian on Wednesday.
Lumpkin will need to take care of many business-related items before it can officially open at the Eli Fish site, he said.
A Batavia resident with a catering business for three years, Lumpkin shared her hopes of settling on the site during Italian Fest on Saturday. She had a vendor stand at the festival – with Rasta pasta – and everything was sold out at the end of the event, she said.
His menu includes spiced jerk chicken, barbecued ribs, chicken wings, assorted salads, glazed salmon, taco dip and many homemade sauces, to name just a few of his culinary dishes. .
This will be the third culinary venture to meet the incubator-style requirements at Eli: a small culinary venture looking to grow its business while operating in a small, affordable space. Eat Well Grill was a restaurant business that moved into a non-profit organization with a commercial kitchen; and Eden Cafe & Bakeshop has moved into its own shop on Ellicott Street.
For earlier cover, see Mama Dee’z