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Op Shop To Build New Restaurant In Fairmont

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The Op Shop has received a grant from the state Division of Rehabilitation Services to build a café in downtown Fairmont.

It will provide about 50 jobs for disabled workers.

The $537,000 grant provides a delivery vehicle, restaurant equipment and personnel for the start up of the café.

"We wrote a grant asking for the opportunity to purchase this land and renovate this building so we could start our food services training," said Op Shop Coordinator Jan Smith.

The construction of the cafe began a few months ago and is being done solely by Op Shop employees.

Employees are clearing the land, renovating the building, laying down concrete, and building a new building for a cooler.

"All of the guys that are working here, a lot of them have no experience in construction," said Project Manager Danny Mayle. "Some of them have a little bit of experience, so it's a learning experience."

Smith said she wants the cafe to be different than the average restaurant. She wants it to serve comfort and seasonal foods, like soups and salads.

"We know there are hamburger and hotdog places but we are hoping to do more of comfort food and also do seasonal types of food," Smith said. "Homemade soups and breads in the winter time and salads and pasta in the summer."

Smith said the Op Shop will call the restaurant the "Work Day Cafe" because it will only be open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch.

It will also cater on the weekends and have a delivery service.

"We are always arguing at lunch time who is going to go and get lunch," she said. "So we decided there are other people doing that also. This location is close to the major industry or employers in Marion County."

Smith said the grand opening of the cafe will be in the spring of 2013.