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Life’s Kitchen to move training program & cafe to old Fairview Ave. restaurant

Life’s Kitchen, the non-profit that helps train young adults who face barriers in culinary skills will move to a new location soon. The non-profit plans to relocate to the former Marie Callendar’s restaurant at 8574 W. Fairview Ave., near Milwaukee St.

Permits with the City of Boise indicate crews will reconfigure the restaurant. The $1.85 million permit will include a total remodel of the building. While some kitchen and dining areas will remain intact, others will get an update for classroom and administrative areas.

6 On Your Side’s Madeline White reported the new building will double available space. It will also allow Life’s Kitchen to train twice as many young adults.

Life’s Kitchen helps 16-20 year-olds obtain workforce skills through training and on-the-job experience. The organization also helps teens get their graduation equivalency diplomas, as well as mentorship and job placement.  It also hosts an open-to-the-public cafe on Capitol Blvd., and provides school lunches and catering.

It earlier looked at a location inside a mixed-use project in Garden City, but landed on the Fairview location instead. Marie Callendar’s closed the Idaho restaurant in 2018.

KIVI reports the new Life’s Kitchen location will open this fall.

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