University opens newest dining hall
The Crimson Café, one building housing several micro-restaurants, will be the new dining attraction for Indiana University of Pennsylvania students when they start classes Monday.
IUP officials held a ribbon-cutting Friday morning for the new $6.5-million dining facility and then gave tours and a sampling of the fare that will be available at the café’s multiple food stations starting Sunday.
The Crimson Café includes a Starbucks, the Crimson Bistro, Burger Studio and the Fireplace, plus a selection of grab-and-go items, including soups, salads, wraps and hot meals. It will be open seven days a week.
It has indoor seating for 430 and patio seating outdoors. It will employ about 50 people, half of them IUP students.
Construction of Crimson Café began in August 2013.
The new dining facility, next to the IUP Performing Arts Center and Stapleton Library and adjacent to 11th Street, is Phase I of IUP’s $37 million master dining plan, IUP Dining Innovations.
Phase II will continue with the renovation of Folger Dining Hall during the 2014-2015 academic year. That project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.
The plan concludes with Phase III, North Dining: A Destination, to be completed for the 2017-18 academic year.
Dining revenues will fund the renovation and construction of the three facilities that are part of the Dining Innovations Plan.
The IUP Council of Trustees approved the dining plan in December 2011.
PHOTO: Crimson Café includes a Starbucks, the Crimson Bistro, Burger Studio and The Fireplace. (Jamie Empfield/Gazette)