American-style diner opens at Holyrood Secondary

Cordia brings a bit of Hollywood to Holyrood Secondary
Pupils at Holyrood Secondary can now enjoy a retro themed lunchtime experience at the UK’s first American-style diner.
Modelled to replicate a traditional American Diner, the stunning interior includes red faux leather booth seating, stainless steel double-doors and an original counter.
It features a vintage exterior with black and white tiled floor, serving up an American themed menu including BBQ chicken bun, quesadillas, chilli dogs, mac & cheese and burritos – all of which fit with the strict Scottish Government nutritional legislation.
Pupils are able to dine in or can ‘grab & go’ by purchasing food through an external service window. The school can also use the space as a meeting place for clubs and societies.
Designed to encourage pupils to remain within the school grounds during break periods, a huge emphasis has been placed on comfort, style and of course, a delicious, healthy menu.
Julia McCreadie, Head of Encore and Facilities Management said: “This is probably one of the most ambitious catering projects we’ve undertaken but the end result is fantastic.
“The diner looks brilliant and is an excellent addition to Holyrood’s infrastructure. Pupils can visit it during break times, getting the true 50s experience with a contemporary menu of exciting dishes.
“We’re really pleased with how it looks and feels, but most importantly, it fulfils our overall objectives of encouraging young people to eat healthy during the day and avoid fast-food.
“We will continue to look at new and innovative ideas for schools across Glasgow – working with pupils, teachers and parents to drive forward these concepts.”
The Diner is the latest novel approach to catering which Cordia has undertaken in Glasgow. A range of different catering facilities including an art cafĂ© and external huts –Holyrood Secondary also adopted the first facility of its type in Scotland back 2012.
Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning said: “I love the fact that our schools are always working with our Cordia colleagues to look at innovative ways in which to promote our nutritious an value for money school meals to pupils.
“We know that there will always be a bit of a battle for pupils to be enticed to the local fast food outlet at lunchtime so by providing a unique and alternative space to have lunch is hopefully an attractive prospect for Holyrood young people.”