By Rachel Stengel
It’s out with the old and in with the new for Rider’s dining service renovations.
Under Rider’s new contract with Aramark, improvements to Westminster Dining Commons and Daly’s, and the addition of a Subway are some of the changes that will be completed for fall 2012.
Improvements to Rider’s dining service have already begun. Current changes include extended service hours at Daly’s, earlier weekend hours for Starbucks and a Provisions On Demand (P.O.D.) station in Sweigart Hall.
Rider used student feedback to guide the changes to dining services.
“We really looked to hear from students about some of the things they wanted to see in their dining hall,” Jan Freidman-Krupnick, assistant vice president of Student Affairs, said. “We really have a goal of having the best food service in the region. We will do that by continuing to take surveys and get feedback from students.”
The goal for the renovation is to expand the seating in Daly’s and have more fresh cooked-to-order food, according to Freidman-Krupnick. The Bronc Diner and the C-Store will cease to exist in order to facilitate more seating in Daly’s. New flooring and furniture will be a part of Daly’s makeover.
Cranberry’s will experience a number of changes. Slight menu changes, including a late night menu and a pan-Asian concept, are expected. A larger P.O.D. market will be added to the BLC as well as a Subway restaurant. Cranberry’s will now be open on the weekends. This change, as well as the extended hours at Daly’s, is in response to students’ desire to eat later.
Students have reacted positively to the anticipated changes.
“I think all the changes they are making are definately for the better,” junior Justin Baldwin said.“Putting a Subway in Cranberry’s is good for me, it’s a central location. Daly’s being open later is convenient. I’m happy I’ll be able to experience them for my senior year.”
Tastes are constantly changing, according to Freidman-Krupnick. The feedback surveys determined that students want healthier choices and more international food. In response to such feedback, the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be expanded and an Italian restaurant station will complete the food renovations.
“No matter what you like, we try to have it here at Rider,” Freidman-Krupnick said.