A student-run restaurant in the Village Gates has closed.
The owner of RYCE, a restaurant led by East High School students, said on Wednesday that the restaurant has closed because they have been losing money since opening and cannot financially support the business.
A sign on the door of the restaurant reads, “We set out with a big idea to give kids in Rochester a chance to learn about the restaurant business. Despite tremendous support from our partners, we are facing significant challenges.”
Owner Aaron Metras went on to say they are looking to partner with others in the community to see if there are any other options, as they don’t want this to be the end of RYCE.
The principal of East High School, Superintendent Dr. Shaun Nelms says:
“We are disappointed that RYCE has closed its doors while we look for viable sustainable pathways to continue this project. Short for Rochester Youth Culinary Experience, RYCE was a restaurant created and staffed by East culinary students that opened earlier this year in Rochester’s Village Gate. It operated as a non-profit organization owned by Aaron and Kelly Metras, who devoted so much of their time to making RYCE a special part of our community. We appreciate their vision and efforts behind RYCE as well as their beliefs in our East scholars.