|Healthy Eatery ‘Au Bon Pain’ to Make Its Home in Courtyard, MRB Locations|
|Monday, December 12 2011|
Get ready for some new, healthy food choices and a fresh look early next year at two of the Medical Center's eateries.
Au Bon Pain provides flavorful and healthful foods across a wide range of categories. Its marketplace design invites the guest to make personal selections, from the fresh baked goods section, to the coffee and tea station, to the sandwich and salad station, where guests can get made-to-order selections like the grilled chicken avocado sandwich or create their own salad.
The company also touts an extensive soup line, from classic broccoli cheddar and clam chowder to new creations like 12 veggie and roasted eggplant.
“The food offerings are right in line with the Medical Center’s push to provide more healthful options,” said Al Caldiero, director of URMC Food and Nutrition Services. “We are excited for this change, which will mean terrific new menus, renovated eating areas and extended hours.”
“It’s a great way to empower our customers,” said President and CEO Sue Morelli. We pride ourselves on providing distinctively delicious fresh foods that you can’t get anywhere else. We recognize how time-constrained employees and guests at URMC are and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to eat well, even if it is on the run. Our guests can get their sandwiches or salads made-to-order or they can grab freshly prepared selections from our refrigerated cases.”
The news welcoming Au Bon Pain comes right on the heels of other renovation announcements; earlier this week, the hospital unveiled major upgrades planned for its third eatery – the House of Six Nations – to commence in spring 2012.
Construction will begin in the Courtyard Café location next week, closing down operations after lunch this Thursday. The MRB location will be open through Dec. 22. After the holidays, both locations will remain closed to complete the renovation process, resuming operations as Au Bon Pain restaurants in mid-February with a grand opening celebration. In the interim, the Six Nations Cafeteria will still be open for business.
The new Au Bon Pain locations will have expanded hours compared to the current eateries, opening as early as 6 a.m. and serving until possibly as late as 6 p.m.
For those who have frequented the Courtyard and MRB cafés for years and have become familiar with their friendly staffs, don’t worry about having to get to know an entirely new set of employees. The same URMC Food and Nutrition staff will be working at the new Au Bon Pain eateries.
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