Compass Canteen to Join the Park

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Innovation Café Grand Reopening Scheduled for October 3rd!

The UVA Foundation is pleased to announce a new operator for its restaurant, Innovation Café, located within the UVA Research Park. Canteen, part of Compass Group North America, will begin operating the full-service café on October 3, 2016.

“We are excited about our new partnership with the UVA Research Park and the opportunity to be a part of such a dynamic collaboration in the great state of Virginia. We are committed to providing a food service that exhibits that same innovative approach to meeting the needs of our customers,” says Tim Bailey, Canteen Division President.

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In preparation for the reopening, Innovation Café will be closed the week of September 26th.  However, local food trucks will be on hand outside the Town Center Three building – along Research Park Boulevard – all week from 11AM – 2PM, providing lunch service to Park tenants and the local community.

More information about the event and Canteen’s offerings can be found at innovation-café.com

Under the direction of Canteen, the café will feature varied breakfast and lunch menus, seasonal offerings incorporating locally-sourced ingredients, health and wellness solutions, catering services, and take-out.

“We are grateful to Welford and Lesa Williams of First Run Catering.  For the last eight years they have partnered with us to provide in-Park dining to over 1,500 employees working in the UVA Research Park.  They have been wonderful to work with and we wish them much success as they prepare to open a new restaurant in Fluvanna County,” says Deborah van Eersel, Chief Administrative Officer & Director of Marketing for the UVA Foundation.

First opened in 2009, Innovation Café will continue to offer an assortment of dining and catering options to Park tenants and their employees, now numbering over 1,500, as well as surrounding businesses and residents. Under the direction of Canteen, the café will feature varied breakfast and lunch menus, seasonal offerings incorporating locally-sourced ingredients, health and wellness solutions, catering services, and take-out.

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Located in Town Center Three, the 4,500 square foot café can seat up to 100 people and opens onto a landscaped outdoor plaza that accommodates dining. The UVA Research Park also has a conference room within the restaurant which is available to Park tenants for private catered events.

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