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Woman's Industrial Exchange reopens: "To the women who went before us"
Woman's Industrial Exchange reopens: "To the women who went before us"

The historic lunchroom at the Woman's Industrial Exchange reopened on Wednesday. It is now called the Woman's Industrial Kitchen, and it's operated by Irene Smith, owner of the popular Souper Freaks food truck. The Downtown luncheon room, famous for its chicken salad, tomato aspic and starched-apron waitresses, had it rough in the past decade, closing and reopening under a string of outside operators, some of whom tried to run it like in the old days, some who didn't. Smith has restored the lunchroom, if not literally, then in spirit. "We begin and end every shift with a coffee toast," Smith said: "'To the women who came before us!'" ...

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