Lo: a year and a half after concept, the reality. It's a real thing, selling real coffee, in a nice, new, and high space -- and it's officially opening on Monday. Ta-da: The Brookhaven Cafe. While I'm working on a slightly longer piece on this now (for Monday or Tuesday), the important back-story is that this arose naturally out of a lab user group (the RHIC/AGS UEC), self-organized, and found great support from the lab community and administration.
There haven't been a large number of new, modern spaces at the lab, and there's never been to congregate and talk shop, as there has been for years at CERN. Now we have one, and a lot of people all over the lab are very excited about this.