Linear Café Celebration Today
Before 11 a.m., the café will offer free 12 oz. espresso drinks and free homemade coffeecake. Free coffee will also be available to those who bring their own mugs. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., lunch will include live music and a number of SLAC community favorites, including grilled beef fajitas. After lunch, free 12 oz. espresso drinks and samples of fresh fruit smoothies will be offered until the café closes at 3 p.m.
The renovation, which started in June, eliminated a large salad bar that took up almost half the floor. The room was also expanded to include another alcove for cold beverages and assorted grab-and-go items.
"The whole idea was to open up the servery so that people would feel more welcome and invited," says Mary Clark Bartlett of the Epicurean Group, which manages the café.
"It was so crowded in there," explains Bartlett. "We wanted to transform the place from a cafeteria to a café, to make it modern looking and spacious. We've already seen a big difference." The Linear Café regularly serves 200 for breakfast and 600 for lunch.
Above image: Yu Kei prepares smoothies in the Linear Café. (Click on image for larger version.)