MEDINA — Stefanie Robinson, operations director at the Recovery Center of Medina County, has resigned.
Robinson had been with the facility at 538 W. Liberty St. since it opened last July as Robby’s Recovery Center.
When asked why she resigned, she replied, “No comment.”
Brandon Chrostowski, CEO of Serenite Restaurant that will open at the center, confirmed Robinson’s departure.
“We didn’t have someone on board with the same vision,” he said Wednesday. “Unfortunately, we won’t get this accomplished without the right team.”
Robinson has been replaced by Jess Hazeltine, who originally campaigned to keep the recovery center out of her neighborhood, known as Bankers Row.
Hazeltine is a member of the Bankers Row Historic Neighborhood Association and runs the calligraphy business J. Scribbs.
“She’s more than qualified,” Chrostowski said of Hazeltine.
Rob Brandt, of Robby’s Voice, which had been operating the center, parted ways with the center last month after Chrostowski and county judges announced the new culinary program would include serving alcohol in the restaurant.
Serenite, patterned after Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, is undergoing a facelift. Contractors are working on the floors, walls and ceilings.
Classes start March 6 for the first dozen students who will work in the restaurant, Chrostowski said. If it goes off without a hitch, he said Serenite could feature a soft opening March 22 or 29.
As far as recovery center meetings, he said he has found an offsite location to hold them three days a week.
Even though the “ink has to dry,” United Church of Christ, Congregational, 217 E. Liberty St., will host meetings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights — the three busiest nights of serving alcohol at Serenite, Chrostowski said.
“The rest of the time the meetings are going to be here, upstairs,” he said.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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