By Greg Gelpi
Another portion of the University Center is complete, and now it's time to eat.
The Lakeside Caf? is open and serving food in Clayton College & State University's newest facility, replacing the university's 35-year-old cafeteria.
"If you have an oven that is 35 years old, it's seen better days," said Bob Holmes, director of university auxiliary services.
The facilities offer "state of the art" equipment and provide opportunities to cater to the university's large international presence, said Tom Pritchett, chef manager. Lakeside Caf? will be able to serve up more than the traditional cafeteria offerings as well.
The brick oven will add extra flavor to pizza, but will also enable the cafeteria to cook more exotic dishes like cedar plank salmon, Pritchett said.
"We're trying to step it up a level and offer more products," he said. "We're really looking forward to offering more international cuisine."
Students can grab the traditional sandwich from the deli portion of the cafeteria, but also get fancier sandwiches, such as muffulettas, Pritchett said.
"It gives us the opportunity to be more creative," Pritchett said.
Holmes said that it had been a "challenge" to keep the equipment going in the old cafeteria, but the new cafeteria is set to address the needs of the university's growing student population.
Located in the "heart of campus," the Lakeside Caf? will be more accessible to students, he said
The Campus Dining Services had been housed in the Student Center. Students, faculty, staff and the public can purchase food at the new caf? and dine in the University Center Atrium Commons. The commons provide a view of Swan Lake and Internet access for students.
The Lakeside Caf? is open from 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. The Lakeside Caf? is located in the first floor of the University Center.
The University Center is a $19 million facility that contains the student bookstore, president's office, student organization offices, classrooms and areas for students to relax on couches and connect to the Internet.