After a month of serving bagged lunches, the chef at the Cornerstone Mission in Rapid City is once again serving hot meals thanks to a new kitchen.
The Cornerstone's kitchen upgrade took longer than expected and went a little over budget.
Construction took about seven months and cost about 20 thousand dollars more than expected.
The remodeled kitchen boasts new stainless steel appliances. There's a new walk in freezer and refrigerator units. But Jamie Hagan, the Cornerstone Chef said the wait was worth it.
"We had to work off the cuff there, and they had to suffer through sack lunches for a month or so. Now a good hot meal is definitely made everybody happy. I've heard nothing but positive things all week," said Hagan.
Hagan says while no square footage was added, the remodeled kitchen makes a huge difference in work space.
By moving the serving line from the kitchen to the hallway, it's opened up a lot more space in the kitchen for prep work.
The total cost of the project including construction and new appliances is 350 thousand dollars.
A grand opening and public open house is tentatively scheduled for March.