Publication Lauds Newton Campus Dining Hall as a 'Successful Setting'

Publication Lauds Newton Campus Dining Hall as a 'Successful Setting'

A national food service industry trade publication has honored Boston College's Stuart Hall dining facility for innovative design.

Nation's Restaurant News selected Stuart Hall to receive one of its four "Successful Settings Awards," honoring companies and organizations for "taking bold steps to upgrade their facilities and enhance their operations." The Stuart facility was chosen in the category of on-site food preparation.

Other winners were: Big Boy Restaurants International LLC, in the family category; Red Lobster, for casual and theme restaurants; and Coaxum Enterprises Inc., a McDonald's franchisee, for quick service.

BC Dining Services Director Patricia Bando accepted the award at a breakfast ceremony held as part of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers show held in New Orleans last month.

The 50-year-old Stuart dining facility, which serves the BC Law School and four Newton Campus undergraduate residence halls, was renovated last year, offering a more open, centralized "marketplace"-style food service and cooking area.

Bando said, "This award honors not just our department for an innovative facility design that sets a standard of excellence in the food service industry, it also recognizes an achievement of exceeding customer expectations. A major goal of the Stuart Dining Hall renovation was to enrich the campus life environment and experience for students. The renovation has enabled Dining Services to offer an extensive menu variety that compares with any of the dining operations on the main campus."

Nation's Restaurant News described the dining hall's new look as "rich and sophisticated, boasting a contemporary flair while retaining Celtic elements from landmark buildings on the main campus. The look appeals to the law school's clientele of professors, law students, judges and undergraduate freshmen."


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