Dashing Dining Renovations Brings Together Friendships and Joy
March 31, 2022
Paul’s Run always puts residents first. This is especially the case with the new and exciting renovations to their dining room and culinary services. Michael Cohen, Director of Dining Services at Paul’s Run, has one goal in mind for this special project: give residents the best experience possible.
“We took a survey of all of our residents, and we responded by building a dining services program based on their needs,” Michael shares. The Paul’s Run team combined survey results with feedback from the Paul’s Run Food Committee to create an exceptional dining experience that is unlike any other retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia.
“The space is designed for all-day dining. We want residents to be able to enjoy the dining room at their own pace. There’s an area for residents who want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and spend time on their smart tablet or reading the paper. It really is a space for residents to enjoy throughout the day and truly expands our lobbyBill Hines, Executive Director of Paul’s Run
Tying in local cuisine, the dining renovations include some of residents’ favorites like a full-service deli with built-to-order sandwiches and a grill with freshly-made Philly cheesesteaks. Also included in this exciting new development are specialty stations featuring new dishes each week such as stir fry, pasta bars, and carving stations. The highlight of the renovations is the hearth pizza oven for made-to-order pizzas.
Residents and friends will have their choice of thirty-three rotational entrées. They can also customize their orders as residents will be able to communicate personally with the Chef who’s preparing their food. Resident of Paul’s Run, Oscar F., feels especially appreciative of this idea.
Oscar likes that he can tell the chef or server exactly what he wants because they’ll prepare it that way. “And if you can’t carry the food to your table, they’ll have someone take it for you. It’s going to be great. It’s going to make it nice and easy for residents to order and have someone serve them,” Oscar explains.
Additionally, the renovations create a newly-opened space for residents to dine and socialize together outside of traditional meal times. “The space is designed for all-day dining. We want residents to be able to enjoy the dining room at their own pace. There’s an area for residents who want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and spend time on their smart tablet or reading the paper. It really is a space for residents to enjoy throughout the day and truly expands our lobby,” says Bill Hines, Executive Director at Paul’s Run.
Oscar certainly looks forward to sharing meals with friends as the new renovations expand opportunities for social engagement. “I look at pictures of the new dining room, and I think it’s beautiful. I think it’ll be a ‘class A’ restaurant, “he shares. Especially after a challenging two years, these dining room renovations bring residents at Paul’s Run excitement and joy.