Healthcare N Illinois Hospital or mini-mall? The growing importance of retail space in hospital settings No one wants to spend time in a hospital. But if you do, it’s nice if there’s a coffee shop or a restaurant – not just a cafeteria – inside the building, a place to take a break when visiting patients. And what about the nurses, doctors, administrators and orderlies working in these buildings? Wouldn’t they like the option to take their on-site meals at a specialty restaurant instead of a standard cafeteria?