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New Baker serves up variety

Oct. 30, 2006
By Melissa Evans

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of stories on the new center.

From pizza to Pad Thai, sandwiches to smoothies, Baker University Center dining options will significantly enhance the food choices available on campus.

A closer look at dining options

Verde Blanco
Tex-Mex fare featuring giant burritos made to your taste
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Sunday

The Brick Oven
Custom pizzas in a hearth oven and other Italian dishes
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday
11 a.m.-midnight Saturday
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

McGuffey's Grill
Off-the-grill classics
7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday

Serving Asian Pho Bowls and Pad Thai specials
11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

The Ivy Deli
Classic deli sandwiches with gourmet cheeses
11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

The College Greens
Four soups daily, sushi, customized salads and more
11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. seven days a week

The Fast Lane
Ready-to-go meals, fresh baked goods, coffee, smoothies and ice cream creations available whenever the building is open
7 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday
7 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday and Friday
8  a.m.-3 a.m Saturday
10  a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday

Latitude 39
11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday through  Thursday
11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Closed Sunday

The Front Room Coffeehouse
Open all building hours
7 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday
7 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday and Friday
8 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday

Bobcat Essentials
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday

The new center opens Jan. 2, the day before winter-quarter classes begin. Dining options include a food court, Latitude 39 restaurant and a familiar favorite, The Front Room Coffeehouse. The center also will include a shopping venue, Bobcat Essentials, offering clothing and other campus must-haves.

Seven venues are included in the first-floor food court, serving Southwestern selections, custom-made hearth-oven pizzas, off-the-grill classics, sushi and more. The food court will feature made-from-scratch foods available for dine-in or takeout throughout the day and late into the evening.

"Baker University Center will provide many new and unique on-campus dining options for students, faculty and staff alike," says chef Charles Moseley, manager of the food court. "The team of chefs is working to create one-of-a-kind menus to be prepared before your eyes, served fresh and ready to go."

Also located on the first floor of the center will be a fine-dining restaurant, Latitude 39. With menu options ranging from salads and appetizers to vegetarian entrées, steaks, seafood and desserts, Latitude 39 will provide patrons a memorable on-campus dining experience. The name is tied to Athens' place in the world: on the 39th parallel. 

"The restaurant's location and ambience provide an intimate dining experience with striking views of campus," says chef Kevin Hurst, who will manage Latitude 39 and The Front Room. "We will pair classic dishes with unusual ingredients, using fresh seafood, meat and poultry to create meals that are memorable and pleasing."

Patrons can enjoy lunch and dinner entrées in the restaurant's dining area and on the adjacent terrace. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased by those 21 and older.

The Front Room will expand with its move to the new center, accommodating 105 patrons compared to the current capacity of 70. Dark wood paneling and a familiar coziness give it the look and feel of the current Front Room, and a gas fireplace adds to the atmosphere.

Live music and entertainment will be featured in the coffeehouse, which will serve chef-prepared hot sandwiches and soups as well as coffee, tea and baked goods. Complementing the seating indoors will be patio seating with a view of Court Street to the north and the Peden Stadium scoreboard to the southwest.

"It is important to retain The Front Room, because it is a classic campus gathering place," Hurst says. "In its new location, it will offer late-night study and food options to students and the chance to partake in great coffee, comedy and music. The space has been enhanced by new architecture, fresh design and warm colors to invite people in."

Student payment options

Baker University Center food venues will accept cash and Dining Dollars in place of meal plans. Dining Dollars will be attached to student meal plans (excluding the Block 20 plan) and can be used at the food court, The Front Room Coffeehouse and Latitude 39 (except for the purchase of alcoholic beverages). Dining Dollars also can be used at all dining halls, Boyd, Nelson and Shively markets, Grab 'n' Go locations and Alden Library's Cafe Bibliotech.

Dining Dollars will be built in to student meal plans beginning winter quarter and will not raise the price of the plans. Attached to the 10-meal plan will be $50 per quarter in Dining Dollars, and $100 per quarter will be attached to the 14-, 20- and Super meal plans.

Balances remaining on Dining Dollars will not roll over at the end of the quarter, and additional Dining Dollars cannot be purchased. Students who reach a zero balance before the end of the quarter are encouraged to buy Bobcat Cash, which can be used at the same locations plus at vending machines, on-campus laundry facilities and Bobcat Essentials.  

"I think it's great that it will all be in one venue and is accessible to all students, and you don't have to carry cash," says junior Jessica Cuffman, noting the convenience of Dining Dollars. "I think The Fast Lane sounds awesome, because I'm a coffee addict. Plus, baked goods, smoothies ... I like all that stuff." The Fast Lane also will offer ready-to-go-meals and ice cream.

Cuffman is not the only student looking forward to a wider variety of food choices.

"I think there was definitely a need for more of a selection in campus dining. I'm excited to try them out," says Morgan Moore, a senior public relations major. "I'm especially excited about Verde Blanco. I love Tex-Mex."

Melissa Evans is a student writer for UniversityCommunications and Marketing.


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Published: Oct 30, 2006 8:36:57 AM
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