Café Reconcile, Central City's nonprofit lunch restaurant and job skills training program, will reopen on Monday, March 11th after months of renovations. Director Glen Armantrout released some teaser pics (above) of the new space, part of a budding culinary revamp happening on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard right now... including the addition of newcomers Velvet Central, Casa Borrega, and the upcoming SoFAB location including Purloo, with Chef Ryan Hughes leading the kitchen.
Café Reconcile, also known as the home of amazing Bananas Foster bread pudding, is rocking a serious make over that includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, a new dining expansion that increases seating capacity from 80 to 120, and a courtyard with outdoor seating, and that's just the first floor.
The space also includes a second floor reception hall for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Hospitality Center, a catering facility and event space. The third floor houses the Shell Family Learning Center, which includes state of the art classrooms. The fourth and fifth floors will be used for program space and administrative offices.
Café Reconcile's hospitality training program remained in high gear during the renovations, operating out of The Irish House since summer 2012. The new space will allow Reconcile to double the number of students to 300 a year.