News Date: 
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Source: Red & Black

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:05 pm | Updated: 10:42 am, Sun Jun 22, 2014.

Gil Golan @gill_c_golan | 

Students can expect an open and fully operational Bolton Dining Commons on the first day of Fall 2014 classes for the University of Georgia. Construction on Bolton began in January 2013, with the final stages of construction set for completion this summer. "I think students are absolutely gonna love this facility," said Jeanne Fry, Executive Director of Food Services. Bolton will host a series of small and large soft openings in order to work on the new dining hall's logistics. UGA will demolish the old Bolton and construct a parking lot in its place, Fry said. The new two-story Bolton can seat over 1000 patrons. The first floor contains around 350 seats. Traditional tables and chairs, booths, and seating on the outside balconies make up the roughly 650 seats on the second floor. Patrons can enter the building from either the entrance on Baxter Street or from another entrance on the Tanyard Creek side. Each entrance has its own set of turnstiles. Patrons may take food from the first floor to the second floor and vise versa. Each floor has a separate dish room. Most of the staff will move from old Bolton to new Bolton and the new dining hall will need significantly more workers because of the increased size and scope. "There will be more employees because of the complexity of the stations, the physical size of the building, and because of Sunday Dinner," Fry said.

New Bolton has operating hours different from any of the other dining halls. Food services decided that New Bolton will close early on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dinner. Fry explained that closing early on Friday allows for Sunday Dinner without an increase in meal plan price.

Bolton will have regular 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. hours Monday through Thursday and it will close on Saturday. New Bolton is the only UGA dining hall that offers a Sunday dinner.

Patrons who enter from the Baxter Street entrance will immediately see the bakeshop called The Baxter Street Bakery. The bakery will serve numerous dessert options and all of the baked goods served in the new Bolton will be baked there. Upon entering through the Tanyard Creek side, patrons will see the Corner Market, a new version of the salad bar that many students enjoyed at the old Bolton. Fry said, "The Bolton salad bar has always been big on choices and we certainly wanted to capture that again." The Corner Market will also offer vegan and vegetarian options.

Also on the first floor is a station made up of three sections called the Bolton Bistro. The first section, Classic Cuisine, serves a three-week cycle menu with traditional food like meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken. The second section, Hickory and Oak, will offer smoked meat and barbecue sides for dinner and rotisserie chicken for lunch. The third part of Classic Cuisine offers a food concept new to food services. "Our dietary team has worked on recipes and selections that will be free of the big 8 allergens," Fry said.

According to the FDA, the big 8 allergens are milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. On the second floor patrons can enjoy breakfast all day long at the Sunrise Café, more traditional fare like burgers and fries at the Tanyard Grill, or made-to-order sandwiches at the Tanyard Deli. Worlds Fare will offer a series of concepts with an international flair. Allison Harper, food services marketing coordinator, explained that each station in the Worlds Fare has a name that means restaurant, or a close translation, in another language. Can ting will serve a variety of Asian options, Trattoria will serve made to order sautéed pasta, and Taqueria will mostly serve Mexican and fresh hot wings. Behind the grill patrons will find a station boasting a retro 50s style design called Shakes. Shakes will serve hand-spun milkshakes. Food Services has used the milkshakes as a selling point for the new Bolton. Incoming freshman have had a taste of the milkshakes at Orientation. "We're giving out samples of the milkshakes for new students who are coming in," Harper said. "Our current meal plan customers were able to get a taste before they left in the spring." Students that have not registered for a meal plan can also enjoy the new Bolton facility. Any students may use the restrooms on the first floor located outside of the turnstiles. The first floor also includes a lounge room open to all students. The room, called The Hearth, contains approximately 120 seats and several fireplaces. Bolton will not open for Sunday dinner until the first Sunday after classes begin. Food services expects an overwhelming number of patrons in the first few days after new Bolton opens. "It's going to be overwhelming at the beginning just because it's new," Fry said. "The crowd will likely die down after a few weeks of operation."