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Tim Hortons, grab-and-go, but no cafeteria planned for new Children's Hospital

The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will offer a full-service grab-and-go section and a Tim Hortons coffee shop, but not a formal sit-down cafeteria like the existing one at Women & Children's Hospital.

Kaleida Health spokesman Michael P. Hughes stressed that despite no cafeteria, there will be plenty of eating options available within Oishei, along with adjacent Conventus medical and research office building and nearby Buffalo General Medical Center.

"There's more options than the current location," Hughes said Monday. "More than anything, it gives you variety and it gives you options."

Tables and chairs will be available in the grab-and-go area that also will offer hot and cold food, he said.

"It's going to be enhanced," Hughes said.

It also means there will be two Tim Hortons stops in close proximity – one that already is tucked within Buffalo General and a new one in Oishei. There also is a full-service, traditional cafeteria within Buffalo General that can be accessed through a connecting pedestrian walkway from Oishei.

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Hughes said Kaleida Health, which operates Children's Hospital, soon is hoping to announce more details about the dining option within Oishei. "We're looking at a local vendor," he said, declining to be specific.

The grab-and-go retail operation will prepare some of its food on site in a kitchen.

In the meantime, the Conventus building, which will be connected to the Oishei hospital, will have another food option, though building owner Ciminelli Real Estate is tight-lipped about its plans. Anne E. Duggan, a Ciminelli Real Estate spokeswoman, declined to specify what food-related options the building will have.

The hospital opens in November and is situated between Conventus and Buffalo General Medical Center along High Street.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at krobinson@buffnews.com.

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