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The Union Gospel Mission-backed restaurant provides job training to program graduates.
St. Paul, MN – The Daily Diner Frogtown will open in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood on Monday, April 15th, 2013. It is an urban American Diner located at 615 University Avenue (cross street Dale) and is open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday 7am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. The Daily Diner serves traditional American favorites incorporating local ingredients with ethnic flavors. The Diner serves a dual purpose – providing a comfortable neighborhood meeting location serving quality food and coffee while meeting the goal of the Union Gospel Mission – changing lives and providing self-sufficiency for those in need.
Ken Peterson, Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission, is overjoyed to see this restaurant open commenting, “Our Mission is changing lives. To fully address the needs of homeless and struggling people in our community, we must overcome the obstacles that prevent people from being hired and keeping a job. The key to permanency in a changed live is self-sufficiency. The extensive professional career training offered for Mission graduates at the Daily Diner provides that career bedrock.”
The Daily Diner is the result of a strategic collaboration by the Union Gospel Mission with area hospitality industry experts. The Diner offers practical, on-the-job training in the restaurant field (one of the few growing sectors in the economy) to those on the road to recovery. The students learn time management, customer service, multitasking, and kitchen skills and practice these skills in a full-service restaurant setting, working side by side with professional hospitality staff.
Operating in conjunction with Daily Diner’s full-service restaurant, the Union Gospel Mission’s training program produces qualified employees prepared for outside work in the hospitality industry. Upon graduation, each trainee (initial goals are to produce 25-30 graduates per year) has gained the skills necessary to both find and sustain job in the industry. In the training process, they gain the added benefits of dignity and courage to lead a life of self-reliance.
The restaurant will be managed by David Lindahl, an industry veteran with over 35 years of management experience, including 15 years with the Timber Lodge Restaurants. Executive Chef Jason Koehn brings 20 years of experience with the Champp’s Americana Chain of Restaurants to the kitchen and menu. Both are excited to be part of such a unique restaurant opportunity. Lindahl explained, “We are honored to have such a positive impact and give something back in an industry that has given so much to us.”
About Daily Diner Frogtown
The Daily Diner is an eclectic urban eatery serving classic diner favorites while incorporating local ingredients and ethnic flavors. The menu is inspired by the diversity of the neighborhood and the heritage of their location, along University Avenue in the commercial district of Saint Paul’s historic Frogtown. For more information, please visit: www.dailydinerfrogtown.com or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DailyDinerFrogtown.
About the Union Gospel Mission of St. Paul
Founded in 1902, the Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving the homeless, poor, and addicted in their community. Providing safe shelter, nutritious food, dental and medical care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs, the Mission helps people rebuild their lives – physically, emotionally, spiritually and educationally. For more information, please visit: www.ugmtc.org or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ugmtwincities.