BATH — Area residents have another place to get breakfast or lunch while taking part in a youth educational experience, thanks to the opening of a student-run cafe at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center.

The cafe, hosted by culinary arts students, debuted Tuesday at 800 High St. There are two cafes a week – breakfast from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The breakfast cafe offers an a la carte menu, with fresh baked goods and eggs that are made to order. Lunch is a three-course meal and beverage for $7.50. The changing menus are available via e-mail.

“It’s great experience for the students,” Emily Dittman, a culinary arts instructor, said on Wednesday. “It gives them some real-life experience in the educational setting. They get a chance to do the entire process, from menu planning, to the food prep, to setting the room, to serving, and to clean-up. They get to see the whole piece.”

The first day went well, Dittman said, noting there were customers sitting at tables and stopping by for take-out orders at the cafe, which can accommodate about 40 people.

“If people have a particular time-line, it’s best if they put their order in ahead of time, so that we can have it ready for them,” she said.

For reservations, or more information, call 443-8257 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Kierra Hall, a participant in the culinary arts program at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center, serves patrons Wednesday at a new student-run cafe.

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