LIU Post’s Hillwood Commons Café Reopens in September
Stephanie Koithan,Internal Communications Coordinator
LIU Post, Long Island University
Hillwood Commons café at LIU Post will reopen on September 5 with an expanded food selection, more dining space, improved traffic flow and an updated décor. The facility was renovated this summer.
The food court, which serves as a primary dining facility on campus, has been expanded by an additional 1,000 square feet, increasing its size by one third. "It's going to be noticeably bigger," said Shawn Carvajal, director of Campus Dining Services. "It will provide more space for additional food offerings and better queuing."
Many campus dining favorites remain a part of the café but have been updated to provide more selection. Other dining elements have been expanded in response to demand for new items. The grill will be largely unchanged, still offering many of its popular items such as hamburgers, chicken, fries and veggie burgers. The Produce Patch salad station will also remain for those seeking a made-to-order salad. A new Italian station called Topio's will be introduced, offering a selection of pizza, calzones and Stromboli. A wider scope of Asian cuisine will be represented at the sushi station, which will now offer hot Asian entrees and soups as well. Grab n' Go offerings have been expanded to include more selections of sandwiches, salads, fruit and desserts thanks to the addition of a second refrigerator.
The layout of the café has been altered, optimizing the floor space for improved traffic flow. The new layout relocates the salad station and the sushi station to a center island, placing the coffee and fountain beverages at the side wall opposite the grill and home stations. Registers will now be located outside of the serving area to reduce crowding and improve the checkout process.
The Hillwood Commons Café has also gone digital. All food stations will have digital menu boards that will provide clear, accurate menus and designated prices with a modern look. Guests entering the location will be welcomed by four new digital greeter boards that will display menus, hours of service, daily menu specials, information on campus events, and explain how guests can provide feedback.
The renovations will be a noticeable update to a location has not been altered since the early 1970’s. “We’re excited to unveil these changes and bring a fresh take to one of the most visited areas on campus,” said Carvajal.
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