It looks like Brooklyn may soon be home to the next 3D-printed burger. Crain’s New York reports that Modern Meadow, a pioneer in engineered tissues, is in the midst of negotiations to lease a 10,000-square-foot space at the BioBAT facility in the Brooklyn Army Terminal. If Modern Meadow can set up shop in borough, it says it could start producing lab-grown leather within the next two years and then meat patties for both pork and beef lovers in the farther future.
New York is already home to so many strange culinary creations including cronuts and deserts made using the principles of molecular gastronomy, so why not lab-grown burgers? The idea already caught the attention of PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel. On top of all the dining options that Modern Meadow hopes to create, the Columbia, Missouri company is also a big proponent of growing harm-free leather.
“New York is the center of the fashion industry in the U.S., and one of the most exciting and creative food environments,” Andras Forgacs, Chief Executive of Modern Meadow said to Crain’s NY in an interview. “We look forward to working with talent on both fronts.”
Forgacs says Brooklyn is an ideal location that’s also close to New Jersey‘s flavor and fragrance companies, as well as New York’s biomedical research institutions. Modern Meadow hopes to make the move by this summer, but first the company needs tax breaks through the Start-Up NY tax relief program and a BioBAT lease to make the move economically feasible.