A brisk hike through the Arboretum’s east side woods, an active morning scaling enormous acorns in the Children’s Garden, an invigorating bike ride around Lake Marmo—time spent amidst the 1,700 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and prairie of The Morton Arboretum can work up an appetite.
The Ginkgo Restaurant, many Arboretum guests’ choice for a bite to eat while visiting, will soon be even better. Beginning January 2, the servery will close to undergo a complete renovation, resulting in an improved experience, featuring quicker and easier ordering, self-service options, and a wider range of entree options. The restaurant's menu will also incorporate a greater number of local, sustainable, and organic offerings for Arboretum visitors.
When the restaurant re-opens on March 1, visitors will find a streamlined system and fresh look. Digital menu boards above a bank of registers will display a variety of menu options, providing an easy way for visitors to make their selections. After ordering, guests will receive a buzzer to take to their table while they wait for their meal, and will be notified when their order is ready to be picked up.
In addition to the current lineup of sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, and pasta, the restaurant will offer new entrée items, such as as seared tuna steak poke bowl and slow-braised short ribs. In addition, new gluten-free and vegan items will be available. Those who stop in can also opt to purchase fresh, pre-packaged offerings, such as sandwiches, salads and healthy snack boxes, drinks and other items via two new self-service grab-and-go kiosks.
“At the Arboretum, we’re always looking for ways to enhance the experiences of our visitors and the new look and features at the Ginkgo Restaurant will do just that,” said Alex Beck, general manager of Ginkgo Catering and the Restaurant. “This renovation will result in a greater restaurant experience, leaving more time for our visitors to relax and enjoy their meal while looking out over scenic Meadow Lake and our woodlands.”
During renovations, the Ginkgo Café will offer a slightly expanded menu, while visitors can also take advantage of a daily lunch buffet in the Arboretum’s restaurant seating area. To learn more about the Ginkgo Restaurant, click here.