BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Emerson School of Hospitality in downtown Buffalo celebrated its 20th birthday on Wednesday.

The culinary school on Chippewa Street opened to students in September of 1999, and the public restaurant opened the following month.

And 20 years later, the school continues to grow, with an adjacent building set to open to students this winter.

"Now we're also building a second facility behind us here on Huron street that will be opening in January of 2020, and we already have a whole class and school of students who will be moving in there," said James Weimer, chief operating officer of Buffalo Schools.

That new facility will be known as the New Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. It will be home to around 450 culinary students.

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