Seniors at West Islip High School in West Islip, N.Y., gained a new spot to grab lunch this school year that is exclusively for them. The new and improved space, dubbed the Bistro Cafe, includes modern seating and an updated menu. Here’s an inside look.
2. Functional furniture
Director of Food Services Christine Kearney says that the team had to work to find furniture that balanced the needs of both the students and the space itself. “A challenge was definitely getting furniture and equipment that was modern and had this appeal that students wanted, but that was also functional, durable and easy to maintain,” she says.
Working with the district’s buildings and grounds department, the cafeteria team outfitted the bistro with furniture that replicates a fast-casual environment, such as high-top tables and booth seating options.
3. Adding bistro boxes
Students can now find a variety of grab-and-go options to eat then or save for later in the day. One of the most popular items is the cafe’s bistro boxes, which Kearney says were modeled after Starbucks’ bento boxes. Students can grab a variety of bistro boxes, such as one that includes yogurt, granola and strawberries, and another that contains string cheese and pretzels with hummus.
4. Evolving as they go
Kearney says that the team plans to evolve and expand the menu as time goes on and that some requests already submitted by students include iced coffee, acai bowls and pizza delivery.
“We'll continue to seek out the student feedback on an ongoing basis and make changes and ramp up offerings based upon what the students want,” she says. “Because at the end of the day, our goal is to make the students happy with the food that we're serving.”