February 4, 2005  


Linear Café Comes to SLAC

By Linda DuShane White

The Linear Café recently replaced the SLAC Cafeteria and is a work in progress. Along with a new name and management comes a new look and hours. Returning customers see the ambiance evolve with new carpeting and décor, changes to the serving areas and seemingly more space in the dining hall.

Shown left to right: Francisco Maldonado, Geovanny Garcia, George Lee, Jaime Barillas, Alberto Huerta, Silvia Ramirez and Dora Ramirez. (Photo by Diana Rogers)

“Everyone’s been really kind and helpful,” said Epicurean Group Proprietor Mary Clark Bartlett. “We’re learning every day. We listen to clients and then customize what we do. It’s exciting,” Bartlett says.

Extended Hours & Weekly Specials

The Linear Café is open on Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Early Bird Specials are offered from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and change weekly. Salad lovers will always find fresh field greens and organic produce is purchased when available. Check for daily menus and specials conveniently posted on the SLAC Today Web site (see Handy Links bar under SLAC Links).

Proprietor Mary Clark Bartlett began her food service career in 1981, inspired by love for good food, beautifully prepared and presented. Epicurean Group partners Marvin Rodriguez and Reynaldo Hernandez share Bartlett’s commitment to high-quality food and personalized service.

General manager George Lee is open to suggestions, emphasizing that he wants to hear what works as well as what doesn’t work for you. Summing up his philosophy he said, “We’re here to serve the community and whatever it takes to get the community to come, that’s what we’ll try. To offer a service that employees want. It’s that simple.”

Bartlett encourages input from the SLAC community. “We have comment cards and pencils out front. We want them to feel welcome to comment either in person or on the cards. They shouldn’t feel shy. We know we’re not perfect.”

Watch for More to Come

According to recent customer feedback, meat and potatoes is the SLAC group’s favorite meal. In response, the café is trying out a Hofbrau-style lunch with fresh meats carved to order, paired with side dishes. By mid-February, a coffee bar will feature Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea, along with baked goods. In the warmer weather we can look forward to barbequed lunches on the patio.

If you are not a café regular, stop by to check it out. Be sure to let manager Lee know what you think. He promises to listen.

For more information, see: http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/cafe/ 



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Last update Thursday February 03, 2005 by Emily Ball