Planned Soup Kitchen on Parks Hwy and Rainbow St.

posted Oct 3, 2010, 1:29 AM by Tim Swezey   [ updated Oct 4, 2010, 1:49 AM ]
The owner of Rainbow Pawn, Conrad Holler is planning to convert his pawn shop into a soup kitchen.
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Bullet points from the article that appeared in the Frontiersman are:
  • The name will be Tater's Cafe
  • It will be a 501(c)3 nonprofit
  • Holler plans to serve 60 people per day
  • He plans to serve three meals
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • A brown bag meal at 2:30pm
  • He has support of the local transit (MASCOT)
Before he can open the soup kitchen Mr. Holler will need a Mandatory Land Use Permit which has not been filed yet.

There are a number of concerns by local residents
  • The Rainbow Street and Parks Highway intersection is hazardous. 
  • Transients brought to the area will not have activities or services when meals are not being served.
  • Local crime & trespassing on residential property will rise. 
Key points affecting this area:
  • Every year the Meadow Lakes Community Council makes up Christmas baskets to give to those in need. Last year the cost of the baskets increased by 150%. This was the same increase seen by food banks and other nonprofits.
  • The DoT will be upgrading the Parks to a divided highway. From Pittman to Big Lake there will be turn lanes every half mile.

  • When the Parks is upgraded the residents of the cabins at Parks Highway & Pittman Road will displaced and will no longer have easy access to 3 Bears.
  • Currently the Meadow Lakes Community Council is working on a SpUD for our area. Within the SpUD the Parks is defined as a commercial corridor.