More and more senior living providers are opening “fast casual” eateries with customized food orders, stylish menus, kitchens that are visible from the dining area and modern decor. The idea of incorporating fast casual dining a la Chipotle into senior living isn’t especially new, and forward-thinking industry leaders have mulled the concept since at least 2011, according to Senior Housing News.
What is new, however, is the fact that some larger providers seem to be finally embracing the trend. Erickson Living, which has 20 sprawling communities throughout the country, recently opened a fast casual eatery called the Mile High cafe at its Wind Crest continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
The cafe—which serves pastas, soups, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, desserts and baked goods—has everything one might see in a Panera or Noodles & Company, including digital menu boards, an exhibition-style kitchen, cash registers in full view of the prep area and a made-to-order menu.
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