Nicholls St. University cooking school students await opening of John Folse Culinary Institute

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THIBODAUX, Louisiana — Nicholls State University cooking school students, staff and officials are still waiting for the doors of the new John Folse Culinary Institute to open.

Construction of the 33,000-square-foot building, at the edge of Nicholls' campus began in September 2013 and was scheduled to be completed in December 2014.

Vice President for University Advancement Neal Weaver tells The Daily Comet ( the opening has been delayed until late April or early May.

Weaver says weather and shipping delays have been the biggest problems.

The $12.6 million building on eight acres includes four teaching kitchens, a demonstration room, food-storage facilities and a bistro to give students real-life experience.

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