We are excited to announce that LiHigh School is in the final stages of purchasing the historic station on Main Street in Poultney.
Originally built in 1917 as the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Station, the historic station has housed various restaurants since the railroad stopped its passenger service to Poultney in 1934, most recently serving as the location of The Station, a coffee shop and bakery. We plan on innovating on this tradition by converting the building into the home of the new LiHigh School Culinary Institute.
We’ve been located in Poultney since 2007, tucked away on a rental property and renting rooms in the Poultney Small Business Center, but as Greg Rosenthal, our owner and co-director said, LiHigh School is now ready to make its presence known. “We’ve worked hard to become a vital member of this already incredible community, and we’re excited to take center stage right here in the heart of Main Street.”
We have grand visions for what can be accomplished in the new building, the renovation of which is scheduled to begin in July, but we’re adamant that the students of LiHigh School take the lead role in determining its final design. “LiHigh School is all about giving students ownership over their own education,” Rosenthal said. “What better way for the students to acquire those skills than to help us create a brand new business?”
Whatever the students decide for the new building, we are committed to ensuring a portion of the space remains available to the public. “The goal of the culinary institute,” Rosenthal said, “is to teach our students life, career, and entrepreneurial skills, and part of that involves being of service to the community.” While we aren’t exactly sure what that service will look like, we’re excited to see what the students will ultimately help us create in the Fall.
This is just one of the many improvements we’re making to LiHigh School this summer, so stay tuned to our blog to follow all the developments as the summer moves on!