After an extended evaluation of food service enhancements that might best serve our students, we are launching some new initiatives for the spring semester. You’ll see some exciting updates being put in place to best serve both our resident and commuter students in Dining Commons. These may include additional menu items and serving flow in the Dining Commons, but the most immediate change will be the opening of the Shoebird Café for students, employees, and guests.
We examined lots of possibilities for how to best utilize the Shoebird Café, and determined that our highest priorities were (1) affordability, (2) variety, (3) quality, and (4) full-day and evening service. The feedback from students was extremely helpful in considering all the options. The possibility of using the space for a Papa Johns Pizza only met one of these first three criteria, and would have severely limited access in the Student Center. However, an even better opportunity began to take shape.
Beginning Monday, January 9th the Shoebird Café will reopen. We will be serving from 7:30 am through 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on Fridays. The menu will include pizza, assorted desserts, coffee beverages and morning snacks. There will be both good product variety and well-priced options. Fresh frozen yogurt will be added later in the semester. There are plenty of comfortable seating areas available for use in studying, taking breaks, and spending time with friends.
To keep the Student Center as open as possible, those wanting to take their Dining Commons food and eat at the high-top table areas at the Shoebird may continue to do so by simply leaving their ID card with the staff at the check in stand, then retrieving it when they reenter the Dinning Commons to return their tray. As always, those coming into the Dining Commons area will need to be included on the resident meal plan or purchase a meal.
One of the best qualities of campus life at Belhaven is the friendly community atmosphere and it’s exciting to have these new options to enjoy!