By Meliha Gutic
The food terrace, Innovation Kitchen, in the Linda McMahon building at Sacred Heart University has been drawing a lot of attention amongst students.
Throughout the last two weeks they have been testing out a new idea by serving diner food. Their menu includes club sandwiches, pancakes and disco fries, all of which are classic diner foods. This had students buzzing about what is to come for the diner being built on campus in fall of 2018.
“It’s going to be fantastic. It’s a retro 1960s diner with stainless steel and neon, and there’s going to be 85 seats. We modeled it after a couple of old diners, one being the Tick Tock diner in Clifton, NJ,” said Mark Tammone, Resident District Manager at Sacred Heart.
The goal is to keep the diner as close to the 1960’s as possible so that students hopefully will feel the retro vibe when they walk in.
The food served at the diner will be fairly similar to what was served in Linda’s, just much more expanded.
All of the classics will be sold and it will erase the need for students to drive off campus to get the diner food they’re looking for.
“I tried the waffles at the diner station at Linda’s. I am excited to see what the new diner will offer,” said sophomore Nicole Perin.
As students get excited about the diner, they are also curious as to what is going to be served next at the innovation station. The station is based on what students want, so anyone can give their input on what they would like to see.
“We have a student food committee on campus and we meet with them and they tell us what we’re doing right and what we need to work on because they get feedback from the students,” said Tammone.
The rotating station allows for all different kinds of food to be brought into Linda’s, and it allows for them to explore what the students like.
For example, Asian noodle bars have become increasingly popular, and the student food committee brought up that it would be a cool station to have. Plans are now being made to eventually have a noodle station in Linda’s.
Tammone encourages students to become more involved in the process by using TEXT2SOLVE where you can text any suggestions or problems and they can be taken care of immediately. This allows Chartwells to get the best and quickest feedback from students.
“I actually loved the food at the diner station, and even the rotating station in general. The rotating station is the best because it gives more option instead of the usual burger or salad. I can pick whatever I want,” said junior McKenzie DeGroot.