Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

AUG 2019

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AUGUST 2019 FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES 37 lle inin ene "The biggest trend we've seen over the past decade is a move to provide a variety of dining venues," notes Schelley Hollyday, principal of The Hollyday Group, a Wynnewood, Pa.- based hospitality consultancy for the senior living industry. "In the old days, the typical facility would have one big, barn-like dining room, which, more often than not, was just called 'the main dining room.' Everyone would show up at 5:05p.m. and eat from a set menu with limited choices." Residents also likely had breakfast and lunch in that same room, and likely sat in assigned seats, she adds. In contrast, modern facilities, whether new builds or remodels, typi- cally now include at least three main types of venues: full-service/†ne dining, fast-casual bistro and pub. Marketplaces with a variety of action stations and coffee bars are also hitting the senior dining segment in a big way, giving residents foodservice choices that mir- ror those they're used to frequenting in the broader foodservice industry. Many of the table-service venues accept reservations, which residents can place online or through a mobile app portal, where they can also access infor- mation on menu specials and events. Harris Ader, an industry veteran who founded the Senior Dining Association two years ago, says he too sees member organizations evolving their programs to provide a diverse array of dining options. "All new-builds do this now, but even older facilities with the traditional one main dining room are breaking that down," Ader says. No.1 Assisted living and memory care units at Hacienda at the River feature small dining rooms and residential- style kitchens. Photo courtesy of Watermark Retirement Communities A recent renovation at Vi at Aventura gave residents the stylish SeaView bar and restaurant. Photo courtesy of Vi Vi at Bentley Village residents enjoy casual dining and an indoor- outdoor bar at the Lakeside Grille. Photo courtesy of Vi

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