September 22, 2023

Schoolcraft College celebrates grand opening of newly-renovated Vistatech Center

people cutting a business ribbon

The $11 million renovation saw major changes to the American Harvest restaurant and Main Street Café, as well as the addition of the Collaborative Learning Studio and The Craft Grille.

The crown jewel of Schoolcraft College shown brightly Sept. 21 as the ribbon was cut on the brand-new Vistatech Center.

The College recently celebrated the completion of the $11 million renovation that took about a year to complete. The ribbon cutting marked the opening of the American Harvest restaurant, the Main Street Café and the brand-new Craft Grille, a dedicated brewpub serving up a new menu and award-winning beer created by Brewing and Distillation students.

“We’re so proud of what the Vistatech Center has become with this new renovation,” said Dr. Glenn Cerny, president of Schoolcraft College. “The new offerings will provide our students and the community with the best facilities in the region.”

More than 150 people from across the college and community attended the grand opening to help celebrate the new facilities.

New spaces also include the Collaborative Learning Studio, a one of a kind offering with unlimited possibilities. Equipped with cameras and full demonstration kitchen capabilities, the Collaborative Learning Studio is the perfect place to hold an event and be as creative as possible.

Also new is the prefunctionary space, now named “Town Square,” which adds more space for events and gives off a sophisticated vibe.

Student chefs behind a table of food
Culinary Arts students serve food to guests at the Vistatech Center grand opening Sept. 21.
Chefs migrating bread onto a plate
Chef Jeffrey Gabriel, a Certified Master Chef and Professor Emeritus, does a presentation using naan bread in the Collaborative Learning Studio during the Sept. 21 Vistatech Center grand opening.

The space was recently completed after several years of construction that transformed the front end of the building, which marked its 20th anniversary earlier this year. In addition to a community space, the Vistatech Center also houses our award-winning culinary arts department.

A major supporter of the new space was the Schoolcraft College Foundation, which raised millions of dollars to help make the new Vistatech Center a reality.

The public is welcome to return to the Vistatech Center and enjoy its culinary offerings. The Main Street Café is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The American Harvest is open for lunch select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and is open for dinner on select Wednesdays and Thursdays, with reservations available on OpenTable. The Craft Grille will open to the public Oct. 4, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, as well as 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More information, including how to book spaces, can be found at

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