Diners, expect a diverse atmosphere

Downtown diners can expect a whole new look to their eating experience soon.

The Downtown Food Court is about to get a radical makeover with a new layout, furniture, seating, colour scheme and graphics.

Downtown centre administrator Jane Procter describes the changes as "exciting for us and for our customers".

"It's going to be quite different. The refurbishment will have booth seats as well as high leaner seating. The layout and nature-themed colours will create quite a different atmosphere and give the food court a more comfortable cafe feel," she said.

The last revamp was in 2007.

A redecoration feature will be a mural-sized montage designed by Mark Wilkinson of BMR Creative, depicting Palmerston North scenes on the wall under the escalators.

"The graphic is a big deal for us," Jane said, "and we're looking forward to the change.

"We've planned the project to create as little disturbance as possible. The Food Court will still be up and running as usual with a temporary dining area in the old Capers."

The renovation begins this Sunday and should be completed and ready to go by Wednesday, November 14.

To celebrate the new look, Downtown will be giving away 10 $50 Food Court vouchers a day to lucky random diners from Saturday, November 17 to 23.

And despite the popularity of the television programme, there are absolutely no plans to change the name of the city's second largest shopping centre and multiplex from Downtown to Downton.

Manawatu Standard