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Parish Kitchen to Move from Downtown Covington

The Parish Kitchen is relocating from its current site in downtown Covington to a spot outside the central business district.

The Parish Kitchen opened in 1974 and services lunch at no cost every day, at 141 West Pike Street.

The operation is a ministry by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Covington.

On Tuesday, Parish Kitchen manager Maria Meyer and longtime volunteer Catherine Jung Byrne, spoke about their plans to the Covington Rotary Club during that organization's weekly luncheon at the Radisson Hotel.

Meyer said the Parish Kitchen will operate in the area of 16th Street and Madison Avenue.

Meyer said that the move comes as the charity's current location is aging and rent in the surrounding area continues to rise. She also said that the kitchen's new location will be more accessible to those that need its support and the support of other public assistance services in the area.

The current building at 141 West Pike is owned by the Diocese of Covington. All of its neighboring buildings have been razed to make way for a future expansion of the Duveneck Square project, which has already brought apartments and commercial spaces nearby.

Byrne said that at its new location, the Parish Kitchen will continue have a tight-knit community feel.

The new kitchen is expected to be open next year. 

-Connor Wall, associate editor