It used to be a drab little space simply known as “Cafeteria C” at West Islip High School — and it was reserved for freshmen.

But a year ago, ambitious renovation plans were set in motion — a collaborative effort between the district’s buildings and grounds and food service departments.

Now seniors-only have a special space to eat lunch: Bistro Café.

According to the district, “Bistro Café offers a dining experience that is more consistent with the fast-casual restaurant environments that today’s students are accustomed to.”

The space features new high-top tables and booth seating options A grab-and-go food stand was also built to offer fresh, healthy meals on the go, “with fewer lines and shorter wait times,” the district announcement reads.

“Our goal continues to be providing our students with access to healthy and appetizing meals that meet the strict standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” noted Christine Kearney, West Islip’s director of school food programs.

Top: The new Bistro Cafe at West Islip High School. (district courtesy photo)