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New restaurant creating jobs for workers with disabilities

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Paraquad is opening the Bloom Cafe to ensure the disabled in our community get training they need to get jobs and become part of the workforce.  (Credit: KMOV) Paraquad is opening the Bloom Cafe to ensure the disabled in our community get training they need to get jobs and become part of the workforce.  (Credit: KMOV)

A new restaurant is serving great food and pushing a great cause, helping to imagine a better St. Louis.

“This is our future Bloom Café, guests will enter through this door there will be a counter here with assorted beverages,” said CEO of Paraquad, Aimee Wehmeier.

There’s a lot of work to do to transform this space next to the science center into a new café.

This café is quite unique in the sense that contributes to Amiee Wehmeier’s vision of creating jobs for an underserved community.

“People with disabilities are employed at half the rate of people without disabilities,” said Wehmeier.

Bloom Café is creating a much-needed change in St. Louis.

“Everyone’s first job is usually somehow working in hospitality or retail, so we were looking for a way to give people with disabilities to gain some experience,” said Wehmeier.

Joe Wilson will be the Culinary Director and will help create a curriculum catered to the individuals training at the café.

“People with disabilities will apply and will actually have a lab and classroom behind here, teach them the basic skills from sanitation to knife skills,” said Wilson.

The goal from there would be to place them in restaurants around St. Louis.

“Let them see the abilities of our employees and let them get the chance. I hope to hire our employees,” said Wilson.

The hope is for Bloom Café to open its doors for students and diners by the start of the New Year.

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