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The Big Red Room Cafe at The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is open for healthy eating


The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has been busy revamping their café since October, and the newly completed Big Red Room Café is now open to for lunch with a wider variety of food options and a greater emphasis on healthy eating and efficiency.

"We're doing some re-branding with the redesigned café," says Chris Siefert, deputy director of The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. "It's now called The Big Red Room Café, named after the large front hall of the old Buhl Planetarium building. The walls are painted a deep red and we have new uniforms for our staff. It's a very crisp, modern room now."

The Big Red Room Café offers a large line of fresh health-conscious made-to-go wraps, salads, and sandwiches in addition to their pre-existing grill fare like burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.

The Children's Museum worked with Forty Eighty Architecture on the structural components of the $300,000 project, while San Monica-based architects Koning Eizenberg executed the aesthetic aspects. The renovation is quite ample in terms of construction and required The Children's Museum to move its retail store to another part of the building.  With seating for 150, the dining area is significantly larger than in the old cafe, and there is an outdoor patio for warmer weather dining.

According to Siefert, the new café will be a great addition not only for visitors to the museum, but for the employees of the Allegheny Center and surrounding offices who make up a large portion of the café's clientele.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: Chris Siefert, The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Image courtesy of The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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