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Building a better dining experience
Cal Poly Corporation’s master plan for Campus Dining is officially underway. The 43-year-old Vista Grande dining facility closed in 2016, making room for the development of a new state-of-the-art dining complex. To address the growing needs of the campus and provide for on-trend dining options, the new complex was conceived on research and analysis of the latest culinary concepts and campus community input. The new three-story dining complex will feature five micro-restaurants with exhibition-style cooking as well as increased seating and lounge space. All of this will be encompassed in a modern building that boasts LEED certification for sustainable, resource-efficient design. With an expected completion time of about two years and a cost of approximately $36 million, Campus Dining plans to open the new Vista Grande Dining Complex in late 2019.
The new Vista Grande Complex will be well positioned to meet the university’s growing needs for residential and retail dining. The new location will consist of five micro-restaurants, allowing for a wide variety of dining options that will accommodate the increasing number of students and faculty at Cal Poly. The facility will feature an open floor plan with ample seating and lounge options, including a large outdoor patio space. Guided by President Armstrong’s Vision 2022, the new Vista Grande Dining Complex will be a vital resource for Cal Poly students now and in the future.
The Cal Poly community’s desire for fresh, delicious, made-to-order food options is a fundamental component of Campus Dining’s master plan. Each of Vista Grande’s five micro-restaurants will focus on a unique culinary niche and will offer numerous customizable food options. These restaurants will put an emphasis on nutritious food that is sustainably sourced, including Cal Poly products when available.
For future Cal Poly students, the Vista Grande Dining Complex will be the premier place on campus to relax and socialize. The new facility won’t just be bigger — its cozy indoor and outdoor seating areas will give students an inviting place to gather. In addition to extensive patio seating areas, the complex will have indoor and outdoor fire pits, creating an atmosphere never before experienced on campus. Inside, lounge areas, game tables and expanded seating will create a social hub for students. The new Vista Grande Dining Complex will provide a renowned dining destination for the Cal Poly residential neighborhood and Cal Poly students.
The new dining complex represents a symbol of Cal Poly’s commitment to sustainability. Built to LEED certification standards, the new complex will be environmentally conscious, focusing on water and energy conservation. Large windows, low-flow taps and energy efficient design will play a major role in keeping the building’s carbon footprint low.
A taste of things to come
With the Vista Grande Dining Complex under construction, Campus Dining updated several of its current dining locations as a part of a transition plan to provide plenty of dining options in the interim. Current facilities were renovated in summer of 2017 to increase dining capacity and modernize various food concepts. These updates have helped Campus Dining provide a variety of healthful, convenient dining options for students, faculty and staff while the Vista Grande Dining Complex has been off-line.
The Avenue. Your new late-night spot.
During the new Vista Grande Dining Complex construction, Campus Dining extended The Avenue’s hours to be the new late-night spot on campus. Additionally, they redesigned The Avenue’s floor plan, moving the salad bar to make the location more efficient and adding another checkout station to make purchasing meals quick and easy. Campus Dining also changed three of the dining options at The Avenue, opening Bishop Craft Burger, a California-style burger spot, Tu Tacos, an authentic Mexican venue and Student Choice, a unique venue whose menu is determined by student vote.
A new place to meet and eat in the UU.
Ciao! restaurant got a new name and a new look — but the delicious pizza the campus loves has remained the same. The new venue, Mustang Station, features beer and wine for those 21 and over and an enhanced menu, providing a comfortable, social gathering place that embodies the Mustang spirit. This new venue is accessible from Mustang Lanes, making it a great place to meet friends for food and fun.
Food trucks. We’re on a roll.
To provide more dining options, Campus Dining added two food trucks to service different areas of campus throughout the day. One of the trucks, Central Coaster, features chicken favorites from tenders to grilled chicken breast sandwich. The second new truck is a Starbucks© mobile location that will refuel students with quick drinks and snacks. These two new mobile venues along with Curbside Grill, Cal Poly’s original food truck, are trackable via their Twitter hashtags — #centralcoaster, #starbucks and #cpcurbsidegrill.
Campus Market. Always convenient, now even more so.
Campus Dining redesigned the layout of Campus Market, making it easier to get in and out on the go. Beyond the redesign, this busy campus hub also introduced an expanded product mix including fresh, whole foods and Cal Poly products. These fresh and flavorful offerings are now available front and center in the store for added convenience.