Minot State University's new Beaver Creek Cafe promises to be a prime hangout for students, said Red and Green editor Anthony Anderson at the restaurant's grand opening last week.
Anderson said he's heard the restaurant has an oven that can make eight pizzas at once, enough to feed a large group of hungry college students, and a lot more seating has been added.
The $1.3 million remodeling project turned the Student Center cafeteria from what was once a pretty typical looking university cafeteria into a modern looking facility.
Andrea Johnson/MDN - - The new Beaver Creek Cafe on the second floor of the Minot State University Student Center now seats 239 people.
Food selections include a soup and salad bar, daily grill, specials, deli sandwiches, saute station, vegetarian options, dessert bar, beverage station, a pizzeria and a pasta bar.
The cafe is 7,000 square feet and seats 239. It is a joint venture of MSU and Sodexo Food Service.
David Bateman, Sodexo general manager for North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, said the remodeled cafe looks better than any of the other facilities he manages.
"We will use Minot State's facility as a benchmark in upscale student dining for our campus customers across the region," Bateman said.
The cafe has been under construction for months. General manager Carlos Soza said he is looking forward to seeing students enjoy the finished product after so much hard work has gone into completing the remodel.
The Beaver Creek Cafe opened for business on Saturday and will include student meal plan options for Minot State students. It is also open to the public. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and during the school year it is open seven days a week except for holidays. It is located on the second floor of the MSU Student Center.