Restaurant work is tough. Hours are long. Margins are short.
We have some determined, talented people living in our city. They’ve got a dream, be it to find work in a thriving industry or maybe even open up their own place. And they intuitively get how a restaurant can be a beacon for a neighborhood, a place to find comfort— or try new things.
We’re here to help.
Our mission is twofold. We are both a Teaching Restaurant & Entrepreneur Incubator.
Everyone here is a student in OCC Workforce Development. This is our classroom.
In building this program we convened employers from across industry, from casual to fine dining. They told us they were desperate for good line cooks. They told us they would pay a living wage & move people up, particularly if they were fast, organized, dependable & had a solid foundation.
So we made a promise:
Build a curriculum that teaches what employers need most. Pair classroom time with real experience in a live restaurant. Keep students only until they can demonstrate full competency. Return to employers with great candidates.
Our first cuisine was that of Pakistan. It ran from January thru June of 2017 under the briliiant hand of Sarah, from Lahore. You can follow her progress here as she prepares to open up her own shop.
We'll be closed the month of July, turning over our menu & pantry. We reopen Tuesday, August 1 with Nancy Aye & the beautiful foods of Burma.
P.S. - You'll notice we keep our menus super small. That gives instructors time to slow down & refine students' skill sets. It allows our Entrepreneur in Residence to try new things with frequency. Finally, pretty much everything we do is from scratch. These are slow foods (but we think it's worth the effort).
P.P.S.- Every 6 months we’ll incubate a new Restaurateur in Residence with a new national or regional cuisine. You’ll see both traditional dishes & reinterpreted dishes so we can teach the full range of culinary skills our students need to succeed.
Know someone with a dream? Could they use a place to try out their ideas, get a handle on both operations & financials along with tailored support from our partners at CenterState CEO & Onondaga SBDC? Fill out our Student Inquiry form or drop by the place sometime. We'd love to see what you have to offer!