South Village dining hall is really coming along!
Much like a kitchen is "the heart of the home," this building will be the heart of the south end of campus. But it's not just for those living in residence halls nearby. Students and staff from all over campus will be attracted to the unique hospitality offered there.
SoVi Dining (lower level)
The old cafeteria model where food is cooked in a back-of-the-house kitchen and slapped onto plates in a line out front has no place in this modern facility! SoVi is designed with an "action station" model, much like Crown Commons, where almost all the cooking is on open display and prepared made-to-order. It will feature:
- an Asian station with a Teppanyaki grill (Japanese-style iron griddle),
- a Euro station with two Evo grills (round cook tops that offer a healthy cooking method and social interaction with the chef),
- an Italian area that will serve pasta, pizza and other favorites from two gas-fired ovens,
- a deli with hearth oven for toasted sandwiches and melts,
- an extensive salad bar where proteins can be ordered custom made and sizzling hot to top your leafy greens, and
- more choices than ever available for vegans, vegetarians and those with certain dietary restrictions (such as gluten sensitivity).
This kind of kitchen equipment provides a flexibility that Bill Bremer, Resident District Manager for Chartwells Dining Services says, “gives us a real opportunity to improve choices. We will go from seven to eight entrees per meal to 15-18. And just about everything can be customized to individual preference.”
SoVi will also have plentiful seating, and a seasonal dining terrace that will overlook Davis Lake. This area will be heated in winter; in spring and summer, window walls fold away for dining al fresco.
South Village Dining Hall upper level
The upper level will feature:
- a take-out area where meal swipes can be used for carry-out dining
- a bakery with visible operations and a confections counter
- "The Den," a diner-style restaurant with late night service (a concept by Denny's)
- comfortable student lounges
- three-sided fireplaces
- a multi-use meeting/class room with AV
- a large, outdoor terrace
- a few well-placed wide-screen televisions for small group viewing
Here are some more photos taken by campus photographer, Wade Bruton, to show you how South Village Dining Hall is taking shape:
More updates to come as we eagerly anticipate opening for Fall 2014.