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PatriotCafe Opens

The Veterans Canteen Service staff poses for a team photo prior to the grand opening on July 25, 2019.

The Veterans Canteen Service staff poses for a team photo prior to the grand opening on July 25, 2019.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Leaders from the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the grand opening of the PatriotCafe July 25, 2019.  The event was much-anticipated as the cafe had been closed since February 2018 for a major renovation. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed with a festive celebration complete with a DJ, prize giveaways, cake and punch and friendly camaraderie between staff and Veterans.

According to Dwight Brown, Chief of the Medical Center’s Veterans Canteen Service, "The music, food, and the entire ambiance were outstanding."

Veterans and staff have been waiting patiently for the café to reopen. "It was great to be able to have this event to thank them for their patience and support," said Brown. Participants were able to enter for a chance to win great prizes like a television, laptop computer, cookware and coffee makers.

Veterans were impressed with the cafe's transformation and the new menu options including: wood-fired pizza, a pasta bar, freshly made sushi and extensive grab-and-go and healthy meal options. They also loved the new dining area.

The project is part of the medical center's commitment to improving its environment for Veterans and staff. The new space is not only beautiful, but more efficient with a better traffic flow.  Reconfiguring the 9,300 square-foot space updated the kitchen, dining room, refrigeration system, heating and air conditioning and permitted the installation of new serving equipment which allowed VCS to expand its food offerings.

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