Friday, March 2, 2012

New and improved Coffee Central reopens


SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Coffee Central staff members


The aroma of freshly brewed coffee mixed with the tempting scent of baked goods filled the air as the newly renovated Coffee Central officially reopened Feb. 23 at 8 am.

Jean Elrick, MD, senior vice president for Administration, joined Susan Barraclough, MS, RD, LDN, director of Nutrition and Food Services, and Joan Shea, assistant director of Nutrition and Food Services, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The protective wall liner was then removed to unveil the new décor to the applause of those in attendance. Staff and visitors lined up to place their orders for the first time since mid-December, when the popular coffee stand was closed for renovations. Enhancements were made to improve efficiency and included the installation of updated equipment, an additional register and three bakery cases.

The expanded retail space also features new food selections including yogurt parfaits, mini-Bundt cakes, muffin tops and whoopie pies. The night-shift staff can now enjoy a variety of shaker salads, homemade soups and sandwiches. 

"We are thrilled with the new and improved Coffee Central. Now it is up to our wonderful staff to serve a fabulous cup of coffee every single time and continue the tradition of top-notch service for which we are famous,” says Barraclough. “We’d also like to thank the staff at Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans for being extremely flexible and accommodating as they helped with the influx of customers during the past few months. And, a special thank you to the Planning and Buildings and Grounds crews who helped make our transition so seamless."

Coffee Central will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tea Leaves and Coffee Beans, adjacent to the Wang Lobby, has now returned to its original schedule of Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3 pm.

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