For decades, the building on 1st Avenue, between 4th and 5th Street, with the tall pillars and metal doors served as a place for meals and gatherings, Legion Bingo games and other events when it was the home of the Post 57 American Legion.
Now that the building is the new home of Vinton’s newest church, the members and pastor hope the building will continue to be a place for area residents to gather for meals, meetings and even a cup of coffee or cappuccino as they work.
Revolution Church recently held an open house to celebrate the renovation of what most recently had been the Cafe de Klos. While some of the restaurant space had to be removed to make room for the sanctuary area, meeting rooms and the stairwell leading upstairs, church organizers worked hard to create a church facility that retained as much as possible of the feel of the building’s restaurant days. The ceiling painted by Brian Parr remains the same, and the front area looks much like it did when residents stopped for dinner.
Pastor David Condry and church leaders say the building was designed as a place for people to meet, gather, and and enjoy coffee while they work throughout the week, as well as a church meeting place on Sundays.
No official hours have been set; leaders are still organizing a schedule of volunteers who will welcome visitors and serve the warm beverages.
The building will be available for weddings/receptions, graduation, birthday and other celebrations, meetings or seminars, ministry events and others.
Condry said that the building could have been a place to provide hot meals for those affected by the tornado of July, and hopes that in future crises, the church will be able to provide that kind of assistance.
Church members recently celebrated the completion of the building with an open house. The building will see use as a meeting space today, when the Above the Coalition Board gathers at noon for a meeting and refreshments.
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