August 30, 2017 – The new academic year begins this week with new campus dining options available at the Leavey Center, Leo O’Donovan Hall and Hoya Court and a renovation and new services at the university bookstore.
In the Leavey Center, the Hoya Court and its adjacent seating area have been fully renovated to include Chick fil-A and Crop Chop, a salad and smoothie shop. The former Così restaurant has been transformed into Royal Jacket Delicatessen, a “sandwich concept” shop.
The changes follow a multiyear process to revamp dining services at Georgetown.
“Our vision was to create a new model for food on our campus that was more aligned with the needs of the modern student,” says Debby Morey, associate vice president and chief business officer for university services. “This new model features more meal plan flexibility, customization, portability, global options, retail, more robust meal exchange and improved facilities.”
New Face for Food
The university hired a consultant two years ago to help collect student, faculty and staff feedback, which was done through surveys, town halls, market showcases, focus groups and a host of other interactions with the campus community.
After a successful request for proposals, Georgetown settled on a partnership with Aramark to carry out the changes.
“We want Georgetown to be a model for food services and continue to strive to make that happen,” says Joelle Wiese, associate vice president of auxiliary business services. “I am grateful to have spent the last two years planning for the new face of food on our campus and working with so many wonderful people to make this happen. I applaud the students that helped guide us through this important work.”
Meeting Student Needs
As students returned to campus this week, they seemed pleased with the changes to Leo’s and Hoya Court.
“So much care has been put into the design and making sure students’ needs were met,” says Justin Iorio (SFS’20). “You can tell the staff is proud of where they work, which is great for our campus community.”
The lower level renovation of Leo O’Donovan Hall also features the Fresh Food Company, which offers meal plan holders the traditional campus buffet style format at 10 stations with new offerings such as allergen-free, vegetarian and smokehouse options.
“Today’s student is much more sophisticated in their knowledge of food, so we needed to position our dining program to be more timely and responsive to their expectations,” Weise says.
The Barnes & Noble Bookstore now features a new dual main entrance area adjacent to Sellinger Lounge.
Highlights of this renovation include an Apple Authorized Campus Store and a new University Information Services Information Desk featuring GOCard Services. The bookstore’s upper level will be the home to The Corp’s Uncommon Grounds, which features outdoor and performance spaces.
During the next few weeks, work will continue to finalize the renovations. As the staff continues to refine its services, patience is encouraged and feedback is welcome while details are fine-tuned in these new spaces.