SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Lackawanna College is celebrating a milestone. Thursday marks its one-year anniversary for its student-run restaurant.
“409 on Adams” in Scranton is serving up a lot more than food. The restaurant is also providing hands-on education for college students.
“It was really cool because I never actually worked in a restaurant before,” said Caeley Gensiak, a junior at Lackawanna College Kiesendahl School of Hospitality.
One year ago to the day, Caeley and 20 other students helped open “409 on Adams”, a student-run restaurant.
“If you do the same thing everyday it kind of gets kind of boring. So I like learning new things with the restaurant that I have not been able to do before,” Caeley explained.
“It’s really just come so far. We really love our interactive classroom and it really gives our students a tool that is invaluable,” said Susan Markovich, Special Program Coordinator & Dining Room Manager at 409 on Adams.
It continues to grow with new equipment thanks to federal funding and in-house revenue.
New espresso and coffee machines offer a “409 Signature Blend” coffee from Electric City Roasting Company.
Plus, an industrial stove top to cook up their menu for restaurant customers who choose to eat out.
“We are going to be able to parlay this into our takeout station come in March when we partner with Grubhub when we offer takeout to the community,” Susan explained.
In the past year, a scholarship has been created with funds generated from the restaurant.
Caeley Gensiak is the first student to be awarded the half-year scholarship.
“If I didn’t get the scholarship I may not be able to continue my education. So, I am very grateful for that opportunity.”
By reservation only, “409 on Adams” is open Tuesdays for brunch and Thursdays for dinner.
Students and Lackawanna College are hosting a one-year anniversary celebration for their seated guests Thursday night.
To learn more about the restaurant click here.