New caf, who dis?

ASU completes renovations on new cafeteria

By Ashley Rodriguez
On September 20, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: The Caf, recently renovated, creates an inviting space for its students. The renovation took a total of nine months to complete, finishing just in time for the 2019 fall semester.

ASU on Aug. 26 reopened the fully remodeled Caf with new dining options for students and faculty to enjoy.

Nine months after the demolition process began in December 2018, the Caf has opened for full-service heading into the 2019 fall semester. The $8.6 million facelift offers many new restaurants and features.

The dining selections now include Tu Taco, Bowl Life, G8, Flame, 500 Degrees, The Kitchen, The Pantry, Indulge and Fresh 52. Stacey Patterson, director of marketing and guest services, said options offered may vary depend­ing on the opinions of students.

“We look at student feed­back from surveys” Patterson said. “With the concepts of Bowl Life and Tu Taco, hopefully we can in­terchange them from the feedback we receive from student surveys.”

Patterson said the kitchens also underwent a remodel to en­sure the staff proper space to work together comfortably and proficiently.

“The improvements consist of major changes in equipment that allow us to cook and make food more efficiently,” she said. “The kitchens were all conjoined together, which made it a little cramped in the main kitchen to prepare food. In the construction plans, efficiency was a factor that we real­ly took a deeper look for the layout of our kitchens.”

The Caf also boasts new architectur­al and technological features, which include a raised ceiling, open views, new furniture, televisions and even an interactive online music service where guests can make song selections to be played in the building.

“Raising the ceiling significantly makes the space feel larger and students love the open airiness,” Patterson said. “Re­locating the door to the mall makes it more convenient for our guests and also allows for a full window view in the front.”

Sophomore Xavier Johnson said he was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to patronize the newly renovated Caf.

“It feels like it has a more inviting at­mosphere than what it was before,” Johnson said. “The TVs are pretty cool, along with choosing your own music. There are more options, which is pretty cool. It feels better to be able to eat more than one thing than to just continuously eat the same thing every day.”

Patterson said ASU plans to have a grand opening for the Caf in October.

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