|Salad bars will enhance customized, fresh offerings.|
With the change in operations comes a new look to the Hilltop Café, located in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Overall, patrons will notice a more open, airy look with more efficient use of space and a wider array of choices.
The new-look café will feature an expanded menu, putting it on par with college campuses across the state in terms of quality, variety and healthy choices. Old favorites will be joined by new nutritional offerings, offering a star-studded lineup of culinary choices.
To accommodate the upgrade, six computer stations, including the counter, along the south wall have been relocated elsewhere in the Stevenson Center and will be replaced with food offerings and a scissor-type door to secure the space after hours.
|Computer stations have been relocated to allow for expanded services|
The café will maintain normal operations through Aug. 2, and then will be closed for renovations, reopening on Aug. 26, the first day of fall semester.
Among upcoming menu selections are:
• A bakery case
• Full selection of sandwiches and wraps, including both prepared and those made to order
• Let us have lettuce with side salads, prepared salads and the salad bar
• Assorted desserts
• Create-your-own pizza and deli counters
• A wide range of Starbucks coffee products
Hours of operation will remain similar, with the café open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Current bookstore manager Andrea Carroll will oversee operations of both the bookstore and the café, while OU-C student workers will continue to run the daily operations of the café.
Once reopened, the most noticeable upgrade will be the installation of two salad bars in the space that had previously been filled by tables used by diners. Behind the scenes, a pizza oven will be installed in the preparation area behind the counter. There will also be a range of pastries and desserts that would make Marie Antoinette once again utter “Let them eat cake” if she were working behind the counter.
The changes maintain current patron favorites, such as convenient items (chips, etc.) and prepared sandwiches and salads with new wrinkles, such as personal pizzas made on the spot and sub sandwiches that are tailored with personalized toppings.
Overall, the renovations are targeted toward offering students fresher choices that are served quickly, meeting the demands of their busy schedules.
“While the look will change, the student-focused approach that distinguishes the entire Learning Commons will remain soundly intact. The emphasis will continue to be placed on offering a place for Chillicothe Campus students to spend their time between classes most productively and on their own terms,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.
“With the campus’ growing enrollment, it has become increasingly important to have a ‘campus hub where students can hang out and study or socialize between classes. On a commuter campus, where students cannot go back to their residence halls when not in class, the Learning Commons plays a central role in fostering a sense of community on campus and adding to the everyday experience for students,” Tuck said.