Branden del Rio
With the beginning of a new year, dining services at the University of La Verne have adopted some changes as far as menu items, operating hours and methods of payment accepted at Davenport Dining Hall and Barbara’s Place.
The changes have been implemented to simplify things now that increased enrollment has meant more students dining on campus.
One of the biggest changes this year is the reopening of Davenport on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch and dinner hours.
“We reopened Davenport as a direct response to the influx of new students at ULV,” Dale Askew, interim general manager of Sodexo Campus Restaurants, said.
However, no other major changes have been made to the operating hours of both venues.
Another problem that needed attention was the amount of seating available for the greater number of students expected to be dining at both Davenport and Barbara’s Place.
As far as menu items go, students will see some changes but do not need to worry about their favorite menu item disappearing.
“We streamlined the menu and got rid of things that people weren’t buying,” Askew said
“Now we offer personal seven inch pizzas rather than just a single slice and things like that.”
Askew said that during the week they have added Mexican grill items to the options available at Davenport, complete with mission-style burritos, as per request of the student body.
Christian Uriarte, sophomore business administration major, was happy with the idea to expand the Mexican options.
“If the new options are anything like Cinco de Mayo last year I’m excited for the year to come,” Uriarte said.
Askew also mentioned that the traditional grill foods of burgers and fries are available on the weekends.
Askew said the changes are not too drastic and hopes that the students will find them fun.
Barbara’s Place will continue to serve breakfast menu items, however not as the equivalent of a meal like last year.
This has been done due to Davenport offering a full breakfast menu and even an omelette bar between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
As a direct effect of that, Barbara’s Place no longer accepts meal plans as a means of payment.
Soon the dining venues will be hiring a student promotion coordinator to advertise limited time offers that will be available in the near future.
“They got rid of the juice machines at Barbara’s Place, but I do like the burgers and chicken strips they serve,” Daniel Sillas, sophomore pre-law major, said.
One student, however, was not quite as happy with items that disappeared.
“They should bring back the curly fries and juice machine at Barbara’s,” Kimberly Phan, junior liberal studies major, said.
“We want you to know we are listening to you,” Askew said openly addressing the student diners.
He added that a place to make comments and suggestions will be back up in Davenport shortly.
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