Lancaster – Monday, August 26 is the beginning of a new academic year at Ohio University Lancaster and it's also the beginning of new things in "The Zone." The OUL student lounge is now being managed by an extension of Ohio University's Auxiliary Services Department in Athens, Bobcat Essentials. There will be a new menu and new hours of operation. Bobcat Essentials is currently running the book store on campus.
"We're very excited about offering food service at Ohio University Lancaster," said Auxiliary Services Associate Director of Retail Operations Kent Scott. "We want to offer regional campus students a great service and connect with the types of services offered on the main campus, as well."
Bobcat Essentials makes fresh items daily in Athens using produce from local farmers. They will transport those items to Lancaster and sell them to students daily. Bobcat Essentials employees are working hard this week to bring in their equipment to be ready to open Monday.
"We will have fresh bakery items, soups, salads and side salads, as well as pizza baked at OUL and a "Create Your Own" deli like what you would see at Subway," said Scott. "We also will have a salad bar and desserts. We will provide fresh, healthy items for students, faculty and staff."
"The Zone" has long been a partnership between Fairfield Developmental Disabilities and Ohio University Lancaster to train DD clients for jobs.That relationship will continue and a job coach from Fairfield DD will train DD clients working at "The Zone."
"We're excited to work with Fairfield DD," said Scott."We look forward to great things. In addition to the new menu and food options, we will have longer hours of operation and will accept credit cards."
Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.