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Friday lunch at Second Harvest ends

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The lunch space is needed for future training. (WSMV) The lunch space is needed for future training. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The lunch line was longer than ever inside the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Friday Cafe because customers learned it’s closing.

For 12 years, chef Mark Rubin and a band of volunteers have created high quality meals every Friday for hungry customers. The money raised supported the food bank, but that dining room space is now needed for a different mission.

“Of course it’s sad,” Rubin said. “We’re losing our restaurant.”

The long line for lunch is easy to understand for people who have met Rubin.

“Food attracts people, and I’m good at food,” he said.

The dining room space is now needed to better train volunteers at the food bank. About 37,000 sign up and help get donated food to those in need every year.

“I get it, the mission and the importance of that mission has to move forward in every way possible,” Rubin said.

Don Oaks was the first person in line 12 years ago. He said the Friday lunch satisfied his stomach and soul.

“It’s very definitely a Friday hangout. I’ve missed a few Fridays,” Oaks said.

The cafe closes in December. There are only four more Fridays before Rubin and his staff of up-and-coming chefs close up shop for good.

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