Charlestown's Terrace Cafe Wins EFA's Best in Category Design Award

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 11, 2014) -- Environments for Aging has named Charlestown retirement community's Terrace Café as its Best in Category award winner for the 6th annual Remodel/Renovation Competition, which this year focused on resident amenity projects.

All submissions were reviewed and evaluated by industry experts appointed by SAGE, The Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, who narrowed the list down to 10 projects that were then opened for reader voting online.

The Terrace Café is the last remaining project of Charlestown retirement community's multi-million dollar modernization renovation.

The Terrace Cafe, which is one of six restaurants at Charlestown, encompasses a $2.3 million renovation that includes a brick hearth oven, teteppanyaki grill, rotisserie, yogurt/salad bar, full cocktail bar, as well as an alfresco dining area equipped with a sound system for outdoor concerts.

The project is a collaboration of Charlestown Dining Services, Erickson Living and RLPS, an architecture planning and design firm in Lancaster, PA, that specializes in 65-plus living communities. Input from Charlestown's residents has been incorporated into the overall design plan.

The design includes a large A-frame roof with 17-foot ceilings. Exposed red brick walls with high window sills give the new 4,100 square-foot Terrace Cafe a feel familiar to that of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Terrace Cafe has a 96-person capacity in a variety of seating options, including booth and banquet-style seating, tables and chairs, bar stools, and soft seating with sofas and upholstered chairs.

New dishes offered at the Terrace Cafe include rotisserie chicken, ribs, and pork loin; flatbread pizzas; a variety of casseroles like homemade baked macaroni and cheese and lasagna; gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with cheddar and green apples, blue cheese and pears, or blue cheese Buffalo; as well as gourmet burgers, breakfast pizzas, and made-to-order omelets.