Newly Renovated Culinary Arts Facility Now Open

Newly Renovated Culinary Arts Facility Now Open
Posted on 10/24/2019
GCI staff cutting ribbon at grand openening.

Flint, Mich – Staff and students of the Genesee Intermediate School District’s (GISD) Genesee Career Institute (GCI), are excited to announce the official opening of the new state-of-the-art kitchen and conference center at GCI. A Grand Re-Opening celebration and ribbon cutting was held Thursday, October 24, 2019 to mark the occasion.

Formerly known as Weekdays, the restaurant has a completely new look and a new name. The new and improved restaurant, now called Fifty81 Bistro, will allow high school juniors and seniors enrolled in GCI’s Culinary Arts Program to hone their culinary talents in a state-of-the-art facility.  Renovations began at the facility in May 2018 and has resulted in a dramatic change. The kitchen was enlarged and kitchen equipment updated to include a smoker, state-of-the-art Combi-Ovens (combination ovens that provide steam or dry heat for cooking and baking), and a Confections/Chocolate Station with a chocolate tempering machine for students to make desserts that both taste and look as though they were made by professional chefs.

Inside photo of new conference center lobby The conference center has undergone an impressive transformation as well. There is a brand new entrance with a chic and modern designed lobby area. A new hallway lined with a wall of windows leads to the updated conference rooms. The conference area will be available for community groups to hold special events and meetings by appointment. Food for the meetings may even be catered by second year culinary students.

“We are so excited about the completion of this project,” said GCI Principal, Deborah Davis. “These additions and upgrades elevate our Culinary Arts Program to an even higher level which provides a wonderful opportunity for local students interested in a career in this field.” 

Fifty81 Bistro will also serve the community as a functioning restaurant. It will be open to the public Tuesday-Thursday for breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The name of the restaurant, Fifty 81 Bistro, is a nod to the address of the Genesee Career Institute facility which is 5081 Torrey Road in Flint.