‘The missions are very complementary:’ Max’s Positive Vibe Café will not reopen but Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon will take over the space | Economic news

“In a way, he paved the way. I’m very grateful that we can continue to do that. The missions are very complementary,” Irani said. “Natalie likes to say it’s pay it forward.”

The Positive Vibe Foundation, which ran the restaurant and the job training program, will continue to provide the job training, Larcen said.

This part of the foundation’s work will take place in the restaurant space of Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon. Training usually takes place in the morning, Larcen said.

It’s been a tough two years for Positive Vibe Café since the restaurant closed in March 2020, he said. Plans called for the restaurant to reopen twice in the past year, but the delta and omicron variants thwarted those plans.

“We were still trying to find a chance to reopen. Due to the number of employees we have compromised immunity, we had to be more careful than other restaurants due to exposure and risk,” Larcen said.

Being able to strike a deal with Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon to operate the restaurant and the Positive Vibe Foundation which runs the training program was the best possible outcome, he said.

Having a restaurant is important, he said, because it provides real hands-on experience for students. “That was one of the great things about having the restaurant because it served as a lab for the training program,” he said.

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