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Mitchell Co. students run Eagle's Nest Cafe

Students prepare meals for the community twice a week. (Source: WALB) Students prepare meals for the community twice a week. (Source: WALB)
Akeria Burns is a sophomore student. (Source: WALB) Akeria Burns is a sophomore student. (Source: WALB)
Students make the meals themselves. (Source: WALB) Students make the meals themselves. (Source: WALB)
Lillibell Wingate is the culinary arts instructor. (Source: WALB) Lillibell Wingate is the culinary arts instructor. (Source: WALB)
Silvana Jenkins said the food is excellent. (Source: WALB) Silvana Jenkins said the food is excellent. (Source: WALB)
MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

A new kind of restaurant is serving up meals in Camilla.

The Eagle's Nest Cafe is open twice a week. 

The catch? High school students are running all of the operations. 

Customers are giving rave reviews to Eagle's Nest cafe.

"The food is wonderful," said community member Silvana Jenkins.

Thursday's menu was white gazpacho soup, shrimp salad in a pita pocket and key lime cool bars. 

The Eagle's Nest Cafe isn't your typical fine dining. 

From set-up, to meal prep, to serving, Mitchell County High School students do it all.  

They do have some guidance from culinary arts instructor Lillibell Wingate.

"I think the community is surprised by what they are getting," said Wingate.

Open for lunch Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for dinner every other Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m., Wingate said the Cafe is off to a great start.

She said the cafe isn't just about culinary, it's teaches students life skills.

"I learn more people skills because I'm kind of a shy person and I learn more cooking methods and materials and stuff," said sophomore Akeria Burns.

Customers who live in the community said since the program began, just a few months ago, they are already noticing a difference in the students. 

"I'm really impressed because for some of the children, this has given them a way to be productive citizens," said Jenkins. "They may have been struggling students at one time and now they have a positive outlook on life."

The cafe is still in it's beginning stages. Both students and teachers hope in the coming months, it will become an even greater success. 

"I hope that we will have to turn people away. That we will have too much business," said Wingate.

All of the tips from The Eagle's Nest Cafe during the day go into a scholarship fund for the students.

On Thursday nights, students who work split the tips.

If you are interesting in stopping in for lunch, you can call the high school at (229) 336-0970.

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