Wednesday 06 October 2021
After having organized the “Golden Ticket” preview event for nearly 400 lucky students, some of whom found golden tickets hidden on campus, Campus Dining opened UNCW’s new dining room for full service on October 6 and will host a grand opening ceremony on October 19.
Covering 20,000 square feet (roughly four times the size of a basketball court), The Shore Dining Hall is unlike any other dining option on campus, offering six different dining stations and adjacent retail space. Dining options include Hearth (pizza and pasta), Everything Bowl (custom stir-fries), Carolina Home (sandwiches, subs, salads and wraps), Baja (west coast burritos and tacos), Daybreak (all-day breakfasts) and Grab and Go (a mobile ordering option).
“The Shore is the epitome of UNC Wonderful,” said Director of Auxiliary Services Gino Galutera. “It’s just mind-blowing. We gathered a lot of feedback from students before making decisions about the name, types of food stations on offer, and even furniture. They were talking. We listened and we provided.
Kathy Cloninger, a UNCW graduate with a major in business administration, voted for the building’s name, and she recently got a glimpse of the new dining room.
“I enjoyed being able to be a part of the process,” Cloninger said. “I enjoyed visiting The Shore and seeing all the different pieces that work. The interior design was so refreshing and open. I really felt like I was on vacation!
The Galutera team is carry out feasibility studies and continue to collect student feedback on options for the retail space, such as another cafe or restaurant concept. Cloninger thinks it would be interesting to see a mini bookstore or gift shop in space.
The coastal design of the Shore incorporates lots of natural light through its large windows and vaulted ceilings, and includes soft beach colors in shades of blue and beige. Guests can choose to sit indoors in the spacious dining room or on the outdoor patio, which can seat a total of 450 diners. Other details like skateboard racks at the entrance and a brick oven with cerulean blue tiles The pizzaiolo adds to its general charm.
“With the new Shore Dining Room, we have combined quality construction with thoughtful design in a way that will enhance the dining experience for our students, faculty and staff,” said the UNCW Vice Chancellor for business affairs, Miles Lackey. service to our current UNCW community and will also help attract potential students to campus as we plan for our future.
Located adjacent to the new housing village and recreation grounds, east of Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve and south of Price Drive, The Shore sits optimally directly on the Hawk Walk, the new footpath. connecting the Student Housing Village and the neighborhood to Chancellor’s Walk. Terrapin, Loggerhead, Sandpiper and Pelican Halls are all university residences nearby.
“Being so close to the new student accommodation village is not only convenient, but also helps foster a sense of belonging and encourages students to fully engage and enjoy the whole university experience,” said Galutera. “It embodies community and connection. ”
UNCW is committed to ensuring that ancillary services deliver value to students and the university, as outlined in the Strategic plan.
– Krissy Vicky