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Hyde Park's Apple Pie Bakery Café Reopens With New Look, Menu

The new Apple Pie Bakery Cafe.
The new Apple Pie Bakery Cafe. Photo Credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield

HYDE PARK, N.Y. – True to its core -- sorry -- we can't resist the pun -- the Apple Pie Bakery Café has reopened at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

The award-winning café had been closed for a redesign as well as a menu freshening. This includes a mix of both classic Apple Pie favorites and crave-worthy sweet and savory selections. 

Since its opening, the café has been one of the CIA's most popular restaurants, prized by local residents and visitors for its food, breads, pastries, cakes, pies and casual atmosphere. By 2017, the restaurant was serving two to three times the number of guests initially anticipated. As part of the renovations, the café's kitchen and service lines were expanded to better accommodate diners.

From a design standpoint, the dark wood and wall coverings have been replaced by cream and shades of soft, cool green, creating a bright, open space. In addition, the brick wall facing the courtyard has been painted white to complement the natural light coming through large arched windows. 

Classic brasserie-style decorative floor tiles set the tone for a relaxed, welcoming environment, while modular chandeliers and circular sconces illuminate the space throughout.

The new layout includes a separate dining area with table service, along with an expanded and easier-to-navigate separate take-out and grab & go section.

As before, the staff at the Apple Pie Bakery Café—both front- and back-of-house—are CIA students in the final weeks of their associate degree studies in baking and pastry arts. The new café provides them a hands-on opportunity to achieve the highest levels of excellence in cooking, baking, and service.

"As the world's premier culinary college, education is at the core of everything we do," said Chef Waldy Malouf, the CIA's senior director of food and beverage operations. 

"The renovated and expanded Apple Pie Bakery Café improves the educational experience we provide to our students."

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