New dining experience
PRINCESS ANNE, MD
– (Aug. 18, 2014) – The UMES community is about to embark on a whole new campus
Returning students will
have to school freshmen on what the buzz is all about in the Student Services
Center, where construction workers spent the summer transforming the look and
feel of the main student dining facility.
From new laminate floors
to the addition of partition walls to “soft seating” and bar-style counters,
the cafeteria known as The Plateau has noticeably raised its game.
Oh. And revamping menus
also was a key component of the SSC makeover coordinated by the university’s
new food service provider, Thompson Hospitality of Reston, Va.
Students on meal plans
will find a wider selection of choices, including stations specializing in
soups, pizza, salads, deli offerings and grilled foods. There will even be an
“exhibition” station, where diners can place their “cook-to-order” requests for
food posted on the day’s menu.
Vegetarian or vegan dishes
will be a daily option as well.
Employees and campus guests
will have roughly the same choices at The Oasis on the SSC’s second floor.
UMES brought in a
private company to run its food service operations to leverage the expertise of
specialists who know what appeals to college students.
“We’re excited about
being here at UMES,” Maurice Jenoure, a senior Thompson executive, told
employees in early July. “We have a lot of experience in delivering food
service at colleges and universities, and we believe we have the right formula
to provide people a positive dining experience.”
That formula at UMES also
includes new tenants in the Hawk’s Nest, where students will be able to
purchase Starbucks beverages and sandwiches by Mondo Subs. A Chick-fil-A (express)
restaurant will be added to the mix shortly, as well.
And there are plans to
have a roving food truck featuring the Be Right Burger menu, where diners in a
hurry can custom-order a hamburger and toppings to go.
The food truck will
appear on campus later in the fall. The optimum location has yet to be determined,
but the vehicle will likely operate on the far side of campus from the Student
Services Center weekdays during classes.
Thompson also has
pledged to work with the university’s Hospitality and Tourism Management
department to identify work-experience opportunities in the company for UMES students.
Bill Robinson, director,
Office of Public Relations; (410)