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Mighty Lion Restaurant Open for Business

by: Jeneise Myrick, MS, NBCT

Culinary Arts Instructor

The Mighty Lion is a student-run restaurant at West Charlotte High School, a part of the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program. The purpose of the restaurant is to provide real work-based experiences to students through the CTE Culinary Arts and Hospitality curriculum.



The restaurant provides catering for both school and district events, such as the CMS Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest Reception. This school year, the restaurant is run by eight Culinary Arts and Hospitality II students with assistance of 20 Culinary Arts and Hospitality I students. The student manager is Dania Rodriguez who is supported by two assistant managers: Sierra Martinez-Scogins and Imani Calhoun.

The restaurant provides lunch for West Charlotte teachers and staff, which is prepared and served by the Culinary Arts II students. All funds earned are use to run the restaurant.    There is also a bakery division which has sold 110 heart-shaped cakes as part of a Valentine’s Day fundraiser and 800 cupcakes during a separate fundraiser.