The team behind Edwins, the restaurant in Cleveland that gives ex-offenders food service training, is expanding its model to Medina.
Recovery Centers of Medina will open the new French restaurant called Serenite with a model similar to Edwins, but focused on helping those in addiction recovery.
Edwins Founder Brandon Chrostowski is helping to launch the new restaurant.
He said students will get kitchen and fine dining training that’s high in demand and the jobs at Serenite aren’t just for ex-offenders.
“The program is open to anyone and everyone who is struggling through their recovery or hoping to strengthen their path forward.”
Chrostowski expects the restaurant to open in 6-8 weeks, employing up to 20 people at first.
It’s located at the old Medina Steakhouse in the village square.
Serenite will serve alcohol, a move that caused four of nine board members of Recovery Centers of Medina to resign in protest.
Chrostowski said students will not be required to handle alcohol, but since Serenite will serve as a training ground for fine dining, alcohol will be part of the restaurant.