A New Menu for Dining Services

Posted: May 7, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Change is a constant at Mason, and the same goes for Dining Services. The end of the academic year brings a change in schedules and services to campus eateries.

  • Damon’s will close on June 1 because of construction in Student Union Building I (SUB I) and will return in the fall, but will be renamed the Rathskeller (aka “The Rat”), after a popular spot from the past. The old Rathskeller was located in SUB I where the game room is today. The menu will include new food items and a wine and beer menu.

  • Southside will be open during the summer, Monday through Friday. With a Mason ID, faculty and staff members can eat for a discounted rate of $7, tax included.

  • Sangam, Mein Bowl, Burger King and Jazzman’s will be open during the summer, and George’s Restaurant will be open for lunch. The Bistro and La Patisserie will be closed.

  • A new Freshens location will open in the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC), and a new full- scale, 52-seat Starbucks will open in Northern Neck in mid-August, just in time for the fall semester.

In other dining news, University Life held a contest to pick a name for the new student lounge on the first floor of the Arlington Campus’ Original Building. The winning name was Grad Central Station. The lounge features a Quiznos kiosk that offers cold sandwiches, salads and snacks.

A sustainable farmer’s market, initiated by University Services in conjunction with Student Government and University Life, had its grand opening on April 22 on the Johnson Center North Plaza. It will be open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October.

Even with rain on its first two days of operation, the Farmer’s Market is going well, according to Mark Kraner, assistant vice president of University Services.

“We are looking forward to seeing produce come to the market in the next few weeks,” says Kraner. “This market was chosen because of its commitment to sustainability and because it has a strong connection to the local farmers and producers.”

For more information on Dining Services, visit the Dining Services web site.

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