by Amanda Bateman
Big changes are coming to the Bobcat next semester. A Subway restaurant, Grill Nation, and 2.Mato (pizza and pasta concepts) will be coming to the dining area, well-known for its on-the-go options.
The renovations will be done over summer break, and look to be completed in early August 2015.
“The Bobcat is going to be completely rebuilt from the inside out,” said Richard McMahon, Director of Dining Services at Pitt-Greensburg. “The Bobcat has not been updated with new equipment and fixtures since Chambers Hall was built, in 1988.”
Why change vendors though?
“The campus-dining trends are constantly changing, and it is important to create new infrastructure to be able to meet the retail needs of tomorrow and years to come,” McMahon said. “Popular is a moving target. Pizza Hut is a great example of students wanting a change from a concept that was popular and is no longer.”
McMahon said the change is an opportunity to draw more students as well as provide them with new, convenient and innovative choices that will enhance loyalty to the dining program. These new vendors will offer more options than before for both commuter and residential meal plans.
What renovations are coming up next?
“In future, our wish list includes new dining furniture to include soft seating, booths, and high-top tables in all locations. Right now though, it’s only a wish.”
These renovations are phase two of the renovations that occurred over winter break. Phase one included updating the Coffee House and the Shop @ Wagner with an expanded Starbucks drink menu, and Wagner Dining Hall was updated to include a new salad and dessert bar, breakfast bar, and made-to-order stations.