Each year Gourmet Dining adds new additions to their facilities on campus and this year is no different. There will be a new convenience store on campus open until 1 a.m., new food in Locke’s and expanded Fair Trade products in Café 1853.
Brian Conway, director of Gourmet Dining, said that after receiving feedback and suggestions from students, campus dining decided to make changes that will satisfy the students.
One of the biggest expansions made by Gourmet Dining this year is the new C-Store arriving on the second floor of Thomas Hall. Located directly next to the ID office, the convenience store will offer student essentials such as chips, soda, fresh sandwiches, frozen foods, toiletries and laundry care products.
“We also offer pastas, oils, and fresh fruits and vegetables for those students looking to cook in their OV kitchens or common rooms,” Conway said.
The C-Store is currently open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The grand opening ceremony of the store will be held on Sept. 8.
The store will take all forms of payment such as cash, credit, Jasper Dollars and Dining Dollars.
So far student feedback has been positive about the new store, especially with students who live off-campus.
“Now that I live off-campus the new store is going to be very convenient when I need simple groceries,” junior Devin Prant said.
“It’s nice to have something so close to my apartment,” senior Elizabeth Pinto said. “I can get my essential food items on campus between classes without going to the food store.”
The C-Store is a project that has been a long time coming, but has been held up by finding the appropriate space on campus for it. Last year there was smaller convenience store located in Cafe 1853 that had positive feedback but made the cafe, “more cramped than it needed to be,” Conway said.
The convenience store is now occupying space that was formerly a student lounge.
The new additions Gourmet Dining has made are inspiring future projects that students will see on campus in the future.
“We hope to transform the seldom-used real estate, under the Founder’s Bridge, outside the C-store with fully recycled plastic outdoor furniture and décor,” Conway said. “This will become one of the only outdoor eating venues on campus and it will be sheltered from the rain. It will add a new and dynamic dining option for present and future Manhattan classes.”
While Café 1853 may be losing its convenience store, it will be gaining new Fair Trade products and a revamped menu for lunch and dinner.
Locke’s Loft, the campus dining hall, will also be seeing some upgrades this semester. One change is the expansion of the Tex Mex station in Locke’s. Conway said the Tex Mex station will now be open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. featuring breakfast burritos.
“Both the Exhibition and Tex Mex stations will have signature breakfast dishes such as the garden omelette and the fiesta omelet which can be ordered by name,” Conway said.
Breakfast is not the only meal that is getting an upgrade this year.
For lunch and dinner, Gourmet Dining is also rolling out new vegan and vegetarian menu for students which was made possible by Rayna Herskowitz, the new campus dietitian and nutritionist.