Opening Fall 2016: Renovated Dining Hall at Niagara University

Opening Fall 2016: Renovated Dining Hall at Niagara University

In an effort to improve the overall dining experience at Niagara University and meet the increased demands for on-campus event and banquet facilities, Niagara University will open a completely renovated (and expanded) dining hall in the fall of 2016.

The 20,000-square-foot dining hall will feature a number of improvements, including:

  • An open kitchen concept with new food preparation and serving areas.
  • New seating options, including banquette/booth seating, a mix of round, rectangular and square tables and chairs, lounge seating within the dining area, and high-top tables and stool seating.
  • A new patio with green space, patio-style tables and chairs, flowering planters, and a rain barrel to support 875 square feet of green space for container plantings of herbs and native plants.
  • A new dining addition with seating for 230 for sit-down dining. The addition can also be used for as a theater-style set-up for 250, with a projector and presentation screen.
  • Mobile device charging stations, and digital televisions and displays.
  • The new dining facility will also have a focus on energy efficiency. The facility will feature new rooftop units, kitchen equipment, and a dish washing machine, all of which will save utility expense.

In January, students were invited to participate in the presentation for the new dining hall and vote on concepts for the interior design.

The new dining facility is an $8 million investment, and Niagara University is pleased to partner with Metz Culinary Management on this project. In addition, NU has been working with local legislative leaders, including New York State Senator Robert G. Ortt and New York State Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, to make this project possible.

Preliminary construction on the new facility, including the installation of construction fencing, will begin on April 11. We are looking to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking event later this spring, and construction is expected to continue through the summer. 

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