Say Yes to edcuation with a twist

Armory restaurant venue changes suddenly thanks to the tax man ...

Students and instructors had a last minute switch in venue for the City School's Say Yes program last week. Elmwood students who were studying etiquette, how to go to a sit down restaurant and also the business of a restaurant operation had a switch in venue, when the Armory Square Restaurant Ambrosia was suddenly closed.

The orange "Seized" sign on Ambrosia's door, was the subject of much speculation in Armory Square Thursday, July 30. Apparently the popular restaurant owes the state money in back taxes. Fellow restaurateurs, such as Adam Eagan at The Empire Brewery said, "It's not a big deal, they'll be open again soon."

Empire readily picked up the Say Yes students that were slated to visit Ambrosia. Even though it is a brewery, the Empire is very kid friendly Eagan said because his partner, Dave Katleski, has children. There is even a kid's menu. So, they were psyched to host the students.

In turn the students were excited about the experience.

Tazaria Scott said they learned how to make blueberry, banana and even chocolate chip pancakes. They also made fortune cookies, which included writing the fortunes. Scott said she wanted to continue cooking at home.

Sally Sayles-Hannon, one of the Say Yes coordinators, said it was great to take the students to a restaurant that is using locally grown produce when possible, as Say Yes has a locally grown component in the program that relates to leadership in the community.

"It's delicious," she said of the lunch they were all enjoying.

Elmwood student, Jajuan Bradshaw agreed, "I prefer eating out."

He said, in addition to pancakes, they had learned how to make black bread and also salsa.

The Empire Brewery is located in a cool cellar on Walton Street. But also, starting next week the eclectic restaurant will officially open 30 street- level-seats upstairs of the "Eat Where You Live" sign on Walton Street. Some will be open air and some just inside.

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