Last-minute overhaul takes new veterinary college café from good to great

Amped up fresh, local, unique regional menus and concepts lead to 50 percent increase in traffic over first month at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.

After a three-year, $60 million renovation to the building housing the café at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, the dining program seemed ready to go…except it wasn’t. The menu was fine, but not quite local, fresh and unique enough. The concepts were OK…but not quite special enough. That’s the directive that came from American Dining Creations Division VP Don McQuarrie. “This needs to be a game-changer,” he said at the time.

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