Thu, Sep 4 2008
LeTourneau University has broken ground on a new, interim dining hall facility to be located in the southeast corner of the campus. The new dining hall, to be called the “Café,” will seat 600 and will feature multi-level seating, two conference rooms for small group lunch meetings, colorful interior décor, outdoor dining and flexible space to allow students to use the facility as a gathering place during hours when food service is not in operation.
The dining hall is being located in a building that was formerly used as the university’s assembly building before the S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center was built. Plans are to have the facility completed by the spring. The university’s coffee bar and grill, called “The Hive,” located on the first floor of the R. G. LeTourneau Memorial Student Center, will continue to stay open.
Last spring, the university hired Bon Appetit as its new food service provider. The company is involved in planning for the new facility.
LETU President Dale A. Lunsford said the renovations to the interim dining hall will not change long-range plans for a permanent campus center with a new dining facility.