The PUB redesign for fall 2018 is underway, bringing a modernized hub for student life to campus. The revamped PUB will include new and expanded food options, including a marketplace, specialty cuisine and grab-and-go foods, providing a little something for everyone.
New dining concepts: Asian food franchise, Global Café, and more
In response to student interest for an Asian food franchise on campus, Dining Services put out a request for proposal (RFP) to bring an Asian food franchise to the PUB. The RFP has been awarded, and EWU is currently working through the contracting process.
Discussions with members of the Multicultural Exploration Team and a consultant from Oregon State University highlighted food as an important part of sharing culture, traditions and community, which sparked the idea of a Global Café.
The concept is to have a rotating menu that features three bowls from cultures around the world. Dining Services will work with students on menu development.
“We want to have something that the students can come in, grab from a flavor profile, and taste the authenticity of spices,” Dave McKay, director of Dining Services, said. “We want to be true to whatever culture we’re working with.”
Students dining at the Café will also learn about the historical and cultural significance of the menu items.
Freshens Fresh Food Studio
Freshens, formerly only serving smoothies, will now expand with a full food menu and include Starbucks coffee. The studio will serve smoothies, coffee, salads, crepes, stuffed baguettes and rice bowls.
Dining Services is also looking at a French espresso station in the PUB. In addition to serving espresso, the stand would also serve handheld waffles.
New approach to the market: Grab-and-go, themed stations, and EWU favorites
While located in the same general area on the PUB’s second floor, the new Pence Union Market will be larger and offer a much wider array of choices, including grab-and-go items. The concept is a hybrid of a marketplace and grocery store, serving hot food, salads, coffee, as well as shelf items.
The Pence Union Market will feature stations with gourmet burgers, pizza and flatbreads, as well as a Brick House Subs station, bakery and espresso stand, fresh food bar and a grocery store.
“It’ll be a great one-stop shop for the students to migrate, grab what they want, and pick a different option every day,” McKay said.
The Pence Union Market will also have six cashier stands to help reduce lines during peak dining times.
Once the PUB redesign reopens fall 2018, Dining Services will also look to add other food options on the opposite side of campus, particularly Tawanka. Over the next year, dining services will continue to outline what food services the campus needs while also looking to refresh menus at current dining establishments, such as The Roost.
“This new PUB is going to be a game-changer for the campus,” McKay said. “We can hardly wait for the grand opening next year.”
For more information about the project and regular updates, visit the PUB redesign website.