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Taste Test York unveils two new restaurants, longer audition time

The four partners involved in Taste Test, from left: Robert Faucette, operations director; Allison Witherow, creative director; Toni Calderone, president, and also owner of Tutoni's Restaurant in York; and Jordan Pfautz, finance drector. - (Photo / Submitted)

A new round of pop-up restaurants is being hosted by York’s restaurant incubator, and they will have a month to show off their stuff.

Taste Test York will be hosting Paco’s Tacos, specializing in Mexican street food, and Basta la Pasta, featuring all-you-can-eat pasta. Both restaurants will set up shop in the incubator’s 101 S. Duke St. and 105 S. Duke St. properties, respectively, on Jan. 9 and will serve customers through the month.

The pop-up restaurant concept began in 2016 at YorKitchen. The company acquired the two Duke Street locations in the Royal Square district of downtown York in 2017. Since then, the project has hosted a variety of ethnic and fusion chefs in two-week stints hoping to expand their concept into a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

“The York community is invited to attend these concepts and answer a series of questions about their experience,” the company said in a statement. That feedback will then help the aspiring restaurateurs “tweak” their menus, said Taste Test.

The two new restaurants will be the first to go for a full month, which the company said they plan to do with all of their pop-up restaurants in 2018. In October, Infusion Indian Kitchen became the first Taste Test concept to open its own brick-and-mortar restaurant after completing the several test sessions.

Previous auditions include Cambodian restaurant Po’s Kitchen, soul food from Sinfully Tastefully, and European cuisine from Bistec Brasserie. 

The expansion of the incubator comes as downtown York celebrates the opening of 20 new restaurants since 2015, part of a larger consumer spending trend that has seen restaurant sales increase across the state.

Taste Test York is a partnership of hospitality management program at York College, Downtown Inc. and YorIt.

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