Pulleys Cafe at Porter Library closes
Pulleys Cafe, which operated in Westlake Porter Public Library this past year, closed on Dec. 30. The cafe was operated by Solutions at Work (SAW) Inc. and served as a community-based employment training site for individuals with developmental disabilities interested in careers in the food service industry.
In announcing this closure, SAW Executive Director Richard Hoban said, “We have appreciated the opportunity to operate Pulleys Cafe at the Westlake Porter Public Library over the past year or more, and we applaud the library’s support and commitment to providing employment training opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.”
According to Hoban, the level of cafe patronage and sales was much lower than anticipated, resulting in limited opportunities for those working there to develop employment skills. While many efforts were utilized to increase customers and sales, the cafe's continued operating loss was not sustainable. Individuals employed at the cafe were relocated to similar employment training opportunities.
Andrew Mangels, director of Porter Library, championed this unique partnership from the onset and appreciated the role the library played in supporting employment training for individuals with developmental disabilities. “We are very sad to see them go,” said Mangels. “However, we look forward to looking at new ways to continue our partnership.”
Elaine Willis is the Public Relations Associate at Westlake Porter Public Library.