Great Spaces: Bistro3 Dining, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Warm colors, stone tiles and good flow make Bistro3 Dining a success.

Built in the 1960s, Bistro3 Dining Hall had only received equipment updates when needed. The renovation brought several restaurant venues together under one roof, along with natural light and a comfortable Western Michigan-themed atmosphere. The venue features Blazin’ Bronco (grill), Fresh Creations (deli, salads and pizza/pasta bar), World Flavors (international cuisine), The Nook (cereal, fruit, yogurt) and Sweet Sensations (desserts).

Judy Gipper, R.D., dining services director, says she thinks the flow works really nice in the space. Though the location is very busy, Gipper says, it doesn't have line backups. "The line’s design is such that there aren’t people doubling back or crossing over, which creates a really efficient flow to the space." 

Gipper thinks World Flavors station is the most stunning part of the dining hall's design. "It’s the first thing you see when you walk in. So right off the bat, you see that the space is contemporary and comfortable. It has a beautiful copper façade over the hood. It uses lovely glass tiles at the bottom. It’s two very nice serving areas on either side. You are drawn to go over and see what’s being served at that station."

Showcasing the food was a big goal of the design. Production was brought to the front of the house to highlight the food presentation and the innovative menu items, says Gipper.

Blazin’ Bronco offers Bistro3’s grill fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled chicken breasts, vegetarian patties, turkey burgers and house fries.

Gipper says the dining hall's seating options have also been a huge success. "We have soft seating near a fireplace, as well as remote booths where students can gather with their friends. There is also some great single seating, which has worked really well for students who are alone who would normally take up a huge table by themselves."


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