The Metropolitan Museum of Art Public Cafeteria

As part of its capital improvement plan, the Museum constructed a new public cafeteria, allowing the space housing the existing restaurant and cafeteria to be converted back to its original use as a sculpture gallery (the new Leon Levy and Shelby White Court in the Greek and Roman Galleries). In addition to a new full-service kitchen and dining area, the project included loading dock upgrades and staff offices.

A new entrance was created to connect the cafeteria with the Lehman Wing. Two stair towers were removed and adjacent gallery space modified, to allow for the installation of new stairs, elevators, and public restrooms. In addition, RCDolner completed the installation of the Petrie Court Café within the Petrie Sculpture Court. The cafe includes a new warming kitchen, pantry, and custom-built coffee and juice bar.

With archways, light-colored wood and white tile accents, and a curvilinear glass block partition, the cafeteria is a much-welcomed public amenity. Extensive coordination was required to ensure minimal disruption to Museum activity.

Project Name: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Public Cafeteria
Project Location: New York, New York
Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Project Type: Institutional
RCDolner Role: Construction Manager
Architect: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates