INTENTIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS - AND A NEW LOOK!
For the last two weeks, we put in heaps of extra hours at our Woodstock cafe prepping it for a grand re-opening. Planning for the renovation began months ago, working closely with our design partner, JFD Studio. We worked closely with JFD Studio principle Joseph Foglia to make intentional updates that would, first and foremost, improve the function of the space. We also wanted to make the cafe a beautiful space to enjoy. We hope these changes provide a more beautiful and pleasurable experience for all who visit. Below we share details on some of the essentials.
NEW DINING ROOM LAYOUT
To start, the renovation comes with a bundle of functional improvements to the dining space. We reconfigured the dining room to accommodate more comfortable seating. There is also a clear division between the dining room and the cafe area, which includes the to-go counter. This new division gives to-go customers a designated space to wait, allowing diners to eat without being overcrowded. We also added a second milk bar station, and a much needed second bathroom. Finally, the white oak wainscoting and other woodwork will absorb ambient noise and make the room a pleasant environment even at its busiest.
MORE PRODUCTS AND BETTER SERVICE THAN EVER
Up front, on the service line, we expanded our bread and pastry display, opening it up with room for more product and a clearer view for customers. We added a third register and moved all toast prep into the kitchen. These changes combine to provide clear, beautiful views of the products we work so hard to put out, and to keep service flowing, even on the absolute busiest days. We're bulking up our kitchen staff in back to assist with the extra toasting work.
BETTER KITCHEN FLOW FOR OUR BETTER DINING ROOM
Additionally, we adjusted the flow between the kitchen and the dining room. This change may seem slight, but it eases the transition into the dining room, a move that will impact the flow of food out of the kitchen, and the return of dishes from the dining room. This helps create a calm and nice atmosphere in the dining room. For weekend regulars, you know that it can get busy back there, so we were super focused on making it as enjoyable as possible, even at its busiest.
ESSENTIAL CREATURE COMFORTS!
A few experiential updates were also in order, including an updated sound system and public WIFI! That's right, there is now WIFI at Bread Alone in Woodstock. Finally, new lighting throughout the space provides a bright and light feel throughout the entire day.
INTERIOR FINISHING AND EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS YET TO COME
Although our re-opening day was on Monday May 2nd, we will continue to settle into the space over the next three weeks. Interior artwork will get selected and go up, and we have some other construction details to complete.
And we are also finishing up design for a completely refreshed outdoor space, including new patio layout, benches, and signage!
We expect to have everything done - interior and exterior - by Memorial Day Weekend.
Stay tuned for more!