Instead of typical cafeteria seating, Bryden Bistro is divided into four “neighborhoods,” with each dining space designed to have its own feel and personality. There are two-tops for eat-and-run customers, booths and tables off the main corridor, and a lounge-type area with leather seating and a flat-screen TV where customers can watch a sporting event or catch up on the news.
Before the construction, says Baker, the dining area featured metal chairs and basic white tables lined up in rows. Now, colors throughout the entire bistro are warm and inviting—rust, teal, brown—with mahogany wood, unique design patterns and light fixtures to distinguish each neighborhood. Mosaic tiles grace the pizza oven and salad bar. Dishware also got a makeover, as Syracuse terracotta, in fern and brown, replaced white plates. Styrofoam is history; the bistro offers real coffee mugs and recyclable soda cups.