It won't be as glamorously foodie as Dining Hall Three
at UC Berkeley (no chef stations branded with the likes of Suvir Saran
and Mai Pham
), but when UCSF's Moffitt Café
finishes its $5 million overhaul, we're guessing it'll be a worthy counterpoint to the Panda
-Subway food court across Parnassus (a completely separate entity from Moffitt, whose cooking is almost exclusively done in-house and from scratch). The multiphase renovation of the 12,000-square-foot space began Jan. 21, and should wrap up in November. Director of food services and nutrition Dan Henroid says the remade caff will feature a sauté station, Mixt Greens
-like salad tailoring, and a new pizza oven, among other stuff, along with a seating reconfiguration emphasizing intimate dining clusters. As for critics of the notion of pricey remodeling in a time of budget cuts? Henroid says the money was allocated long before the current contraction. So there.