Cafeteria to open at Oakhill Renaissance Place

Lunch Bucket ribbon cutting at Oakhill Renaissance Place in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Oakhill Renaissance Place soon will have a working cafeteria again.

It has gone without one for almost 20 years.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday morning for Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket. It is named after the late Joe Gallagher, an adult with Down Syndrome.

Gallagher was Golden String director Jimmy Sutman’s first client, and the inspiration for this and many projects benefiting adults with disabilities.

“I used to work at the county shelter workshop. Almost every day, Joe would lose his lunch bucket. It’s a lunch box, but he would call it his bucket. I wish I had a photo of every different one he had over the years because he was losing so many of them. He would be at the end of every day when it was bus time, ‘I’m sorry I lost my bucket. I can’t find it.’ And I would say ‘Oh the lunch bucket’,” Sutman said.

Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket is expected to open some time this month. It will serve breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

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