Dining Services Plans Big Changes Starting Next Week

Posted: August 25, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Don’t get too comfortable with the food service options at George Mason. Over the next three years, Dining Services plans on eliminating and moving several restaurants and adding others, including a full-service Damon’s Grill.

In the Johnson Center, Selona Grill and Chik-fil-A have been removed, and in their place will be a Burger King, expected to open next week. The Starbucks cart in the University Bookstore will also find a new, more prominent location in the Express store in the Johnson Center. Other changes over the next few months include a redesign of La Patisserie to make it more customer-friendly and the addition of Cherry Blossom Sushi to the Freshens island.

New for faculty and staff this month is the introduction of the FASPlan. With this meal plan, faculty and staff members can purchase 30 meals for $99 at the beginning of the semester. The meals are good at the Bistro for breakfast and at Ciao Hall for lunch, and the plan is active for the academic year.

During the fall and spring semesters, construction will begin in SUB I on the new Damon’s Grill, which will provide a sports bar atmosphere for faculty, staff, students, and the outside community when they visit George Mason for events. Due to the popularity in the Johnson Center, Jazzman’s Café will add a second location in SUB I, and a national chicken restaurant will also occupy space in the building.

Next summer, the Johnson Center food court will undergo more changes with Sub Connection and La Vincita receiving a facelift. World’s Fare and Fresh and Light will be replaced with a Zyng Asian Grill and Herb and Farm respectively. Ciao Hall will get its share of renovations as well, including full service islands, a contemporary dining area with a variety of seating options, new food preparation technology, and possibly call-in and take-out service.

Future changes in campus dining include the introduction of a Café a la carte in Thompson Hall, Jamba Juice in the Fitness and Aquatic Center, Einstein’s in Innovation Hall, and another Jazzman’s Café in Fenwick Library.

The Prince William and Arlington Campuses will also see their share of changes. At Prince William, Randall’s Café will be redesigned. The dining room will include unique vending machine items for night students. In Arlington, the café will get a makeover, and Dining Services will heavily promote the Patriot Café. Both locations will also add a Jazzman’s Café cart.

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