New food service project nearing completion and larger project in construction

by Dennis Brown

One new food service facility at Notre Dame is near completion and another larger project is in the early stages of construction, according to David Prentkowski, director of food services at the University.p. A new convenience store and restaurant will open Aug. 18 in LaFortune Student Center. Called The Huddle Mart, the store will be open from 7 a.m.-3 a.m. daily during the academic year.p. “This facility will allow us to capitalize on the popularity of convenience store items, which students want, and to expand The Huddle’s menu to include more hot food offerings, which faculty and staff want,” said David Prentkowski, director of food services at Notre Dame.p. The 1,900-square-foot store will have a hot deli counter with a rotating menu, self-serve beverages, sandwiches and salads, and an assortment of grocery and snack items. An expanded line of school supplies and personal care items also will be available.p. The old 600-square-foot convenience store will be converted to a seating area adjacent to the new facility.p. The expansion and renovation of the South Dining Hall began this summer and will be completed in about a year. The $11 million project will add service and seating capacity to accommodate the influx of students now living in four new residence halls on the West Quadrangle.p. Among the features of the dining hall project are a 15,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the building, the development of a 9,200-square-foot food market that will offer more than 100 entrée options per meal, and a 150-seat restaurant that will replace the existing Oak Room Cafeteria.p. The dining hall will remain in use during the construction.p.

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