Herkimer, NY – On Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00 am, Arc Herkimer and the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of the Copper Café.

Located within the Arc Herkimer Mall in Ilion, the café opened its doors in late June, serving delicious breakfast & lunch selections to the local community. As a new venture of Arc Herkimer’s Career Connections division, the eatery is an interactive training space for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities to develop restaurant and hospitality skills.

“At the Copper Café, people supported can expand job readiness skills in cooking, food prep, food safety, customer service, and point of sale,” says Kevin Crosley, President/CEO, Arc Herkimer. “This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity not only for these individuals to gain hands-on experience to prepare for future employment at other local restaurants but also for the agency to continue our vision of building community.”

The Grand Opening celebration will give community members the opportunity to sample sweets, sandwiches, and smoothies, tour the café and interact with the eatery’s chef, employees, and people supported.