To celebrate its first 10 years of grantmaking, and through the support of The Benter Foundation, The Sprout Fund has supported Conflict Kitchen with a Root Award of $25,000.

Only offered to former Seed Award winners, the Root Award builds on a project’s previous successes and enhance the sustainability of the project.  The Root Award has been offered only twice before: in 2007 to the Zany Umbrella Circus for their Zany Tent, and in 2008 to Bike Pittsburgh for their Bike Friendly Employer program.

Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant that serves food from the national cuisine of countries with whom the United States is in conflict, will use its Root Award to relocate from their current location on Baum Boulevard in East Liberty to a more permanent and prominent location in downtown Pittsburgh. Conflict Kitchen received a Seed Award of $7,000 in late 2009 and opened for business in 2010.

Conflict Kitchen is intended to provoke the public into greater inquiry and discourse about America’s foreign policy. The Root Award will help Conflict Kitchen nurture this public discourse by providing the project with an indoor space in which to host events and programming, as well the greater flexibility needed to change-out their menu and identity to keep pace with rapidly developing world affairs.

With more kitchen space, the downtown lunch crowd can add another exciting menu to the diversity of downtown dining options. And with former Salt of the Earth general manager Robert Sayre at the helm, Conflict’s kitchen may find itself on the “must-eat” list of foodies everywhere.

Stay tuned for more updates as the new location anticipates to open in late 2012!