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D&G Café on 39th

A reflection of 39th Street vibe

The dining area features floor-to-ceiling windows – and an ambiance reflecting 39th Street eateries.
The dining area in D&G Café on 39th features floor-to-ceiling windows – and an ambiance reflecting 39th Street eateries.

Enter the D&G Café on 39th in Cambridge Tower A and you'll know right away it does not look or feel like a traditional hospital lunchroom.

There's a lot to take in: A sunny and spacious dining area illuminated by floor-to-ceiling glass and a state-of-the-art open kitchen concept restaurant, complete with a Wood Stone pizza oven.

"We wanted the space to blend in with the restaurants and the vibe of the area," said Jeff Novorr, support services vice president at The University of Kansas Health System. "D&G Café on 39th customers will quickly discover they're in for an experience they'd not have at a typical hospital cafeteria."

Demand for nutritious, high-quality food has hospitals not only learning from restaurants but also hiring away professional chefs as well.

Chef Lloyd Lowe and his team of cooks serve made-to-order entrees, a variety of salads, sandwiches and pizzas for hundreds of diners at any time of the day. A rotating breakfast menu that includes made-to-order omelets, breakfast burritos, fresh pancakes and other breakfast dishes are also available for walk-in or to-go customers.

The salad bar at the café is a treat for the health conscious. An expanded selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables complement traditional salad bar toppings. A wider selection of beverages can help fortify those on the go, including Kombucha Tea, a variety of Coca-Cola products and The Roasterie coffees.

In a hurry? The D&G Café on 39th, which is located on level one of the tower, features an open-at-all-times gran-and-go station just inside the main café entrance. Grab-and-go items include a wide selection of seasonal salads, sandwiches and snack items such as chips and guacamole, pretzels and hummus and fresh vegetable snacks.

D&G Café on 39th is named after Deanna and Greg Graves, whose gift made the dazzling new café possible. Greg Graves is the chairman of the health system board, and Deanna and Greg are co-chairs of the Cambridge Tower A Steering Committee.

"Cambridge Tower A creates an environment of healing and a welcoming atmosphere for patients, family members and visitors, some who may be enduring stressful times," Novorr said. "Like our iconic new building, D&G Café on 39th also creates a setting that is rejuvenating and warm for all who enter."