Dining Location Naming Contest
The Illinois Street Dining Center is expected to open in 2020 and will feature nine micro-restaurants, a new retail convenience store, and a tea bar. To make sure this is a space that is welcoming and student-centered, we are inviting residents to help us come up with names for each of the dining locations. We are also looking for suggestions on a new name for the recently renovated convenience store in Pennsylvania Avenue Halls (PAR) that is currently called Penn Station.
Use your creativity and give us your best suggestions for the dining locations described below. Each location has a rendering of the space and a short description. Click on the link to submit your entry with naming suggestions. Each location has its own unique link and entry form. There is space for up to five suggested names on each form — complete a new form if you have more than five suggestions.
Be sure to submit your naming suggestions by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 6.
University Housing staff will select the finalists from the submitted suggestions for each location. Students and staff can vote on their favorite names for each dining area between December 9–14.
Winners will be announced in Spring 2019.
This micro-restaurant will offer dishes from many different Asian cultures and countries. The menu will include stir fry, dim sum, rice and noodle bowls, mochi, and a robata grill for dishes such as chicken yakitori.
Comfort Grill Micro-Restaurant
American comfort food is the focus of this micro-restaurant, which features a beachwood grill, a Brazilian parilla grill that cooks large skewers of meat on direct flames, and a smoker. On one side, customers can find all the meats and made-to-order eggs for brunch. On the other, delicious plant-based and vegan items including smoked and grilled vegetables will be cooked and served.
International Grill Micro-Restaurant
Mediterranean and Latin cuisines will be spotlighted, and the station will include vertical rotisseries, a gyro spit, and carving stations. Students will be able to order a custom-built wrap or bowl with fresh tortillas served in a Chipotle-style assembly line.
Pasta & Pizza Micro-Restaurant
On one side, pizza dough made from local wheat and sauce made from tomatoes grown on campus will be fixed fresh every day to make pizza fired in two brick ovens. On the other side, students can watch staff turn out and dry fresh pasta in a variety of shapes that will be used in made-to-order pasta bakes and hot and cold tossed pasta bowls.
Salad & Deli Micro-Restaurant
Students can custom-order healthy salads and grain bowls just the way they like. There will also be a made-to-order sandwich area and a self-serve soup station that will give customers a variety of choices.
Depending on the day, the demo kitchen will be home to a variety of different events such as Chef’s Table or cooking classes. It can also be closed off to be a private dining area and may offer collaborative events or dining entertainment. Chefs will test out different recipes and get student feedback about what to offer.
Allergen-Free and Inclusive Solutions
This area will offer students a safe space to grab a meal that’s free from the common allergens with absolutely no cross-contamination from the other restaurants. The space is created to feel just like eating at a restaurant counter or at the island in your kitchen at home. Students participating in the Inclusive Solutions program can also pick-up specially prepared pre-ordered meals.
This completely self-serve concept will provide breakfast all day long for students in a setting designed like grandma’s kitchen. There will be plenty of counter space to fix your waffles or butter your toast and create your breakfast just the way you like without getting in the way of other customers.
Café and Dessert Micro-Restaurant
Pastry chefs will be offering all sorts of delicious sweet treats including Thai rolled ice cream. Soft-serve ice cream, cold and hot desserts, and a coffee bar will round out the menu. Grab a dessert to go or stay and enjoy with friends.
Located off the promenade on the ISR lower level, the tea bar will feature RAIN tea infusers; a snow machine for bingsoo; bubble tea; fruit, vegetable, and wheatgrass juicers and smoothies; and kombucha. It will offer a space with extended hours for students to study and relax with friends while enjoying beverages and grab-and-go fare such as pastries and sandwiches.
Located off the promenade on the ISR lower level, the retail location will have an urban grocery feel where all the ingredients are fresh. The store will offer an assortment of fresh produce and grab-and-go food, and it will have extended hours. The menu will include pizza and sandwiches.
Penn Station at PAR
Grab-and-go. Made-to-order sandwiches, grill items, and pizza. Penn Station is getting a makeover and needs a new name that is unique to our campus.