The dining remodeling process at Jacksonville University is well under way, the culmination of several semesters of surveys, customer feedback, expectation meetings, dining trend development and planning (see photos in newsletter below).
In conjunction with Jacksonville University’s ASPIRE campaign, Sodexo felt the timing was right to re-brand our dining services. In late 2012, Flavours Catering became our premier branded catering for on- and off-campus events. Now for the fall semester, we are completing a large renovation project to the Riverview Cafe and Nellie’s Retail center.
The Riverview Cafe will now consist of several large areas throughout the dining room and newly christened Faculty Lounge.
First, our Trattoria Pizza platform will feature our Signature Pizzas, breadsticks and specials with a full chef-attended pasta station and signature salad. The delicatessen will still have a full complement of breads, wraps and now a quick fire-oven to create hot, warm sandwiches and grinders. We have also included the daily selection of soups in the deli station to create a one-stop-shop if you will.
The entire back section of the existing line now becomes the Riverview Diner, where such classics as fried chicken, meatloaf, roast beef Hot Shots, all beef kosher franks, burgers, French fries and specials will be served. There will even be a section featuring a chef-carved item several times a week.
The biggest change will be the island in the center of the dining space. Gone is the long salad bar and in its place will be a full action platform featuring Mongolian Wok-style service, fresh hand cut vegetable salad bar with locally sourced items, and full dessert and ice cream sundae bar. The vegetarian section will now be a full service action platform with chef attendant. Updated seating, charging/docking stations featured throughout the dining area and eco-friendly materials will finish the space.
Nellie’s center with now feature Chick-fil-A. One of the fastest-growing food chains in the country, as well as the highest-recommended eateries from the student body will finally be at JU. Founded in 1946 by S. Truett Cathy, it has been associated with the South, where it has become a cultural icon. As of November 2012, Chick-fil-A has 1,679 restaurants in 38 states. The area will also be expanded in future planning to include a convenience store, grab-and-go platforms and a smoothie bar.
We thank the JU community for all of their patience during this project and look forward to presenting these concepts in the fall!”
Area Executive Chef