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Hungry for Cafeteria Completion
Where to grab a bite while the main eatery gets a facelift.

blank The remodeled cafeteria: More choices, more seating and faster service.
The remodeled cafeteria: More choices, more seating and faster service.

As Hopkins employees, we've grown accustomed to construction projects. Backhoes, cranes and dirt mounds currently surround the hospital. Although we've learned to take the inconveniences in stride, when construction interrupts our eating routines, patience wears thin.

By now, Johns Hopkins Hospital's main cafeteria renovations might have been further along, but—as with most building projects—progress has been slow. The biggest hurdle, says Nutritional Services Director Leo Dorsey, has been the 40-year-old infrastructure, with its inadequate wiring and plumbing.

Still, with the first half of the renovations now finished, things are looking up. To whet your appetite, new features will include more seating, vendors and diverse menu choices, from bagels to pulled pork, plus an enormous salad bar. In the spirit of healthy eating, chefs will be on hand to grill chicken to add to a fresh salad of your design.

Come April 2008, when the project is expected to be completed, Dorsey says, "it will be a much more appealing and peaceful place to take a break from the daily stress." The renovations cost roughly $3.2 million—money well spent, says Dorsey. "It's the first step in getting our service to match our renowned science."

For convenience and faster service, by next summer, students and employees can participate in a cashless payment system called FreedomPay. Designed like EasyPass for highway tolls, it allows members to wave a plastic key tag in front of a scanner at the register.

Several entrances to the cafeteria have been closed since mid-November, and patrons must now use the temporary alternative dining space in the doctors' dining room. Dorsey urges patience—something he's had to exercise while working out every last detail, like how to reroute the 2,800 people who pass through the cafeteria every day. Or choosing durable chairs—Dorsey sampled 18 varieties, throwing them down to test their strength.

For more updates, see insidehopkinsmedicine.org/cafeteria.

Bon appétit!

—Judy Minkove

NOT OPEN
Main Hospital Cafeteria
(main corridor) Closed for renovations until April 2008
(After renovations: Monday through Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Vending machines available 24 hours

EspressOasis
(inside cafeteria) Permanently closed

OPEN FOR BUSINESS
MAIN HOSPITAL

Coffee Bar
(near Wolfe Street entrance) Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Doctors’ Dining Room
(near Hope Forest Lobby)
Limited menu (“grab n’ go” sandwiches, salads)
Open to the public until April 2008
Monday through Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Flamers
(inside cafeteria)
Charbroiled chicken, burgers and salads
Daily, 24 hours


Freshens
inside cafeteria)
Low-fat frozen yogurt
and low-calorie smoothies
Monday through Friday,10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Subway
(inside cafeteria)
Subs, sandwiches and fresh-baked cookies Daily, 7:30 a.m. to midnight


Tower Terrace
(main corridor)
Casual, full-service dining
Monday through Friday,11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Reservations recommended for five or more: 410-955-6858


Southern Tsunami Sushi
(inside Tower Terrace)
Monday through Friday,11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Harborside Chicken and Seafood
(Monument Street corridor)
Fried chicken and seafood, homemade soups

Monday through Friday,11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
OUTPATIENT CENTER
Coffee Bar
(Level 1)
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Grille 601
(Level 2)
Hot food, soups and salads
Open extended hours through April 2008
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(After renovations: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)


Blimpie
(inside Grille 601)
Subs and salads
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Flamers
(inside Grille 601)
Charbroiled chicken, burgers and salads
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Noble Roman’s Pizza
(inside Grille 601)
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


WEINBERG BUILDING
Juice and Java
(Level 1)
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


KOCH CANCER RESEARCH BUILDING II
Me Latte
(first floor)
Kosher food available
Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.


OPENING IN APRIL 2008
Einstein Bros. Bagels
(inside cafeteria)
Bagels, soups and sandwiches


Noble Roman’s Pizza
(inside cafeteria) Pizza and baked pasta

 

 

 

 

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