Columbus State Community College held the grand opening of its new home for the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Located at 250 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, Mitchell Hall had its grand reveal Monday, August 12, 2019 with approximately 400 attendees.
This $34.5 million facility was supported by a $10 million private fundraising campaign and will double the school’s hospitality and culinary program’s capacity.
The new 80,000-square-foot building includes a 100-seat culinary theater, seven teaching kitchens, a mixology lab, a cafe and bakery, a 50-seat student-run restaurant with patio seating, a community garden, a 600-person conference center and much more. Inside, the building is open-concept, with space for students to learn and also do demonstration projects in the kitchen.
Keith B. Key, Chairman of the KBK Foundation, was a contributor to the new state of the art facility. Due to his generous gift, Mitchell Hall’s outdoor amphitheater has been appropriately named The Keith & Donica Key Amphitheater. Mr. Key’s wife, Donica Key, is an alumni of the college. “The Key family is honored to support the development of Mitchell Hall, which promises to establish Columbus State Community College as Ohio’s Culinary Capital. The students and guests of the college will have access to the finest facilities and training in addition to the best professors in the industry. The impact of Mitchell Hall will be recognized locally, nationally, and worldwide!”, said Key. Key has been a long standing board member of The Columbus State Foundation. Additionally he is a well regarded philanthropist that is committed to supporting higher education. The KBK Foundation offers a scholarship to qualifying employees of KBK Enterprises and to qualifying residents at the development communities that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises.
The restaurant, bakery and conference space are now open to the public.