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Dome - New buildings, new culinary delights

February 2011

New buildings, new culinary delights

Date: February 7, 2011

New places to eat are on the menu for the new hospital complex

Artist rendering of new food court

A tantalizing emporium of prepared foods awaits employees and visitors when the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center towers open in 2012, courtesy of a contract with Balducci’s, the well-known gourmet retailer.

Offering a menu of sandwiches, salads, platters, soups and baked goods, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market will occupy 7,000 square feet on the new building’s main floor. Tentative plans call for the market to be open 12 hours a day.

Customers also will be able to grab express meals and coffee from two adjacent Balducci’s outlets, says Leo Dorsey, director of food and clinical nutrition services, and all three Balducci’s shops will accept the Dome PayPass to speed up purchases.

Among other dining options planned for the new buildings is Einstein’s Bagels. Using the same “Simply to Go” retail model that’s located at Tower Terrace, this coffee shop will serve Department of Surgery employees on the new building’s third floor. After hours, coffee will also be available in vending machine areas throughout the two towers, according to plans.

Additionally, food workers and general service employees located on the site of the new inpatient kitchen beneath the Orleans Street Garage will have their own cafeteria with seating for 80 people.

Existing dining options, including the Cobblestone Café, Terrace Tower and the array of carry-out items from Simply to Go, will continue to be available to employees. “Everything on the present side of campus remains,” Dorsey says.