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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

UCSF's $5 Million Café Renovation Seeks Complete Overhaul

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:14 PM

click to enlarge But can it squeeze out Panda Express? - THOMAS HAWK/FLICKR
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  • But can it squeeze out Panda Express?
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.

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