You know what they say about food in museums: They’re pretty much on par with paintings in restaurants. (Apologies to Danny Meyer and the Modern.) Next month, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum will unveil a brand-new $118 million expansion, plus a refurbished restaurant with the chic moniker Cafe G. (Somewhat stodgily, it used to be called the Gardner Cafe.)
They’re currently advertising for staffers; a Craigslist post refers to Cafe G as a “modern eatery” with “scenic” surroundings. In the past, people had complained that the space was too small; the new incarnation will be bigger.
Are they trying to attract a younger, hipper crowd? You can find out during a sneak preview January 19-21. Museum admission is free each day, and the cafe will take lunch reservations. The chef, Peter Crowley, remains the same. Hopefully they’ll still serve that tasty bread pudding. And that olive oil ice cream!