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Commissioners praise Edwins president and CEO

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    Brandon Chrostowski, president and CEO of Edwins in Cleveland, will launch Sérénité Restaurant: Recovery & Culinary Institute at 538 W. Liberty St., Medina. He spoke to Medina County commissioners Tuesday.



MEDINA — Medina County commissioners on Tuesday commended Edwins president and CEO Brandon Chrostowski, who is launching Serenite Restaurant: Recovery & Culinary Institute in the city.

“You are the expert,” Commissioner Adam Friedrick said. “You have the experience running it.”

The recovery center has partnered with Chrostowski to open Serenite Restaurant at 538 W. Liberty St. in six to eight weeks.

It will be a restaurant and training center that will try to redefine what recovery is all about, Chrostowski told commissioners.

He hopes to have around 12 students in the first class, and noted he’s received about 24 applications.

The course will run eight months and students will earn about $9 an hour during the training. Afterward, students will be placed in internships in restaurants.

Opening a restaurant and vocational training program was always part of the recovery center plan that recently changed its name from Robby’s Recovery Center.

Some in the community have been critical of the new restaurant that will be opening at the Recovery Center of Medina County because it will sell alcohol.

Rob Brandt, the founder of the Robby’s Voice, resigned Friday as interim board president over the move.

Only students and staff who have sustained significant recovery will be permitted to serve alcohol, Chrostowski said.

He said diners will be asked if they’d like to be seated in drinking or non-drinking sections in the 60-seat restaurant.

“Alcohol will be concealed,” he said. “It won’t be displayed like in most bars.”

Commissioner Bill Hutson asked Chrostowski if the restaurant can be sustainable.

“That’s the goal,” he said.

Commissioner Pat Geissman said the program “sounds wonderful.”

“We welcome you with open arms,” she said.

Friedrick said he likes the holistic approach that Chrostowski uses at Edwins, which gives adults who were incarcerated a chance to learn and work in the hospitality industry.

“I applaud your efforts,” Friedrick said.

Meetings will be at the recovery center until a second location is found.

In other news:

  • Proximity Marketing has been hired to conduct a survey on behalf of the county focusing on assessing the transportation needs of the workforce, older adults and any other needs. Cost of the survey is $7,500. The goal is to “do more with public transit,” county Administrator Scott Miller said. “We are taking a look a supply and demand.”
    Hutson said there are 72 nursing homes in the county, as well as several day care centers and nonprofits. Many of them have their own buses. The county wants to see why they can’t use Medina County Public Transit.
    “There are buses following each other all over the county,” Hutson said.
  • Medina County Home Superintendent Joyce Giles said the flu was so rampant, she had to close the doors to visitors for seven days.
    “Thirteen residents came down with the flu,” she said. “Everything is fine now.”
    Giles said there are 48 residents at the county home.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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