Think back to 1985. Ronald Reagan was president. “Back to the Future” was the top movie in theaters. And the Cox South cafeteria had just opened.
lot has changed in 33 years and the cafeteria’s construction has stood the test
of time. As renovations continue throughout Cox South, it is now the
cafeteria’s turn for an update.
fall, a renovation project will add fresh aesthetics, an improved flow and more
options than ever.
going to make it modern, make it inviting and make it easy to get in and out,”
says Jason Bauer, system director of Food and Nutrition Services.
The renovation will bring the look of the West Tower and North Entrance into the cafeteria, with stone accent walls and new lighting.
A new design will open up the space for better flow, with a new salad bar, more grab-and-go options, quicker checkout and a new beverage station.
Work begins in early October and the project will be handled in six two-week phases to minimize disruption. The project goal is completion by the end of 2018.
- A new beverage
station located on the wall next to Cafeteria A and B. Moving beverages into
the dining area will reduce congestion during busy times.
- The former beverage location
will become a grab-and-go section with an increased selection and two expanded
coolers of bottled drinks.
- The former grab-and-go section
will be revamped as a deli and pizza station with quick ovens for personalized
pizzas and sandwiches.
- The salad bar will be replaced
with a linear salad bar with a separate soup station to improve traffic flow.
Bauer says the streamlined design will offer the same choices and more, without
the congestion of a horseshoe-shaped salad bar.
- Five cash registers for the
busiest times in the cafeteria, including one that can be used for grab-and-go
- Fewer walls and dividers in
the dining area. The new space will be open, with modernized railings and only
two dividers, which will offer bar-style seating with outlets for phone
- The current Physicians’ Dining
Room will be enclosed with glass doors and it will be open to all, adding
“We have the privilege of having patients and our staff as customers,” Bauer says. “We serve 14,000 meals in this cafeteria each week and we’re excited about a better traffic flow and a warmer, modern atmosphere for our guests.”