Monday, October 26, 2009

Gardenside Café Opens!

The State Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of Gardenside Café in the Visitor Center & Conservatory, overlooking the International Garden. The café will be open Tuesday through Sunday whenever the building is open, with lunch served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch includes sandwiches and salads, as well as a daily lunch special. “I call our daily special ‘Grandmother’s food’, because it is a taste of home cooking. All the recipes are old-fashioned recipes that I modify to my tastes,” explains café manager Jerry Warren, who also owns and operates Countryside Catering in Winterville, Georgia.

The Gardenside Café reflects the botanical garden surrounding, offering shade-grown coffee and serving with plates and spoons made from eco-friendly bamboo and sugar cane. The entrance to the café wanders through a tropical conservatory. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available and the café has wireless Internet connection. The Garden is located one mile south of the Loop on South Milledge Avenue; parking and admission is free. The menu is designed to quickly serve both lunch-hour patrons who want to escape the office for a few minutes in a garden and Garden visitors who would enjoy a break while visiting the Garden.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Lunch served 11:00 – 2:00
Sunday 11:30 am – 4:30 pm Lunch served 11:30 – 2:00
Closed Mondays and all UGA Holidays
Café Phone: 706-542-6359

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