Chef Abbot To Open Corner Café FXBG, Summer 2018
The restaurant formally known as The General Store will reopen this summer as a café oriented toward building a local, community supportive business. Tommy Abbott, a chef and community activist, will revamp the current location into Corner Café FXBG. The café will offer a small chalkboard special breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chef Abbott plans to support local agriculture through direct farm relationships and Community Supported Agriculture in order to provide heart healthy, locally sourced ingredients for sandwiches, salads and flatbread pizzas. The café will offer full service seating as well as a comfortable lounge area for students and business professionals to meet, study or just enjoy a nice cup of coffee together.
Corner Café FXBG will also serve as the base for Chef Abbott’s program, Project F.O.R.C.E.; Fostering Occupational Readiness through Community Enterprise. He created this non-profit program a year ago in an effort to train individuals in need of assistance in entering or re-entering the work force. The program will offer a 6 month paid internship, which will include hands-on training in both food preparation as well as hospitality services. Each program participant will learn the skills and practices necessary to earn a “ServSafe” certificate in food safety and sanitation upon successful completion of the internship. Project F.O.R.C.E. main objective is to create a stable learning environment, primarily for those exiting shelters, treatment centers or correctional institutions, however, the application process is open to all interested individuals.