Thursday, June 20, 2024

With a half-dozen hours to go on fundraising for a Community Kitchen project, the organizers have brought in more than $12,700 — meaning the 193 backers as of noon Tuesday have contributed more than $1,500 over what was needed to get the project to the next step: serious fundraising, meaning at least the $1.6 million needed to buy the shuttered Marino’s restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge.

The restaurant would serve as a home for cooking classes, storage for food distribution and professional-grade, large-scale cooking facilities for chefs, food cart vendors or even home canners. Two people involved in the project hope to use the space to make bacon, which carries special government regulatory requirements.

You can still visit the project’s Kickstarter fundraising page here.