First things first
Feeling safe: an essential. The signage here lets the campus community know that safety is at the forefront. (And also, a little brag banner letting everyone know just how good this program is).
The new place on campus
Worcester Commons is 87,000 square feet and can seat 950 people throughout. The space also includes the Neighborhood Center of student spaces includes lounge space, meeting space, music practice rooms, a contemplative space and a fitness room.
Back of the house
Worcester Commons also houses UMass Dining’s extensive bakery and a central production kitchen.
This is the stop for coffee and baked goods.
Here’s the stir-fry concept, WOK. Note the hand sanitizing station at right.
WOK’s back of the house
Stir-fry in action. The searing-hot wok makes quick work of veggies and proteins.
This Latin concept stands alone in a circular kiosk.
Seen more and more on different campuses, the idea of a test kitchen is a great “wild card” that can bring a lot of versatility to a food hall’s collection.
Test Kitchen behind the scenes
Here’s where culinary innovation gets its start. In the future it could be used for classes and demos.
This concept celebrates all the delicious things street food can mean around the world.
This is the Middle Eastern concept, with the ovens that make the magic front and center for all to see.
Here’s a piece of specialized equipment with a lot of impact—both visually and flavor-wise.
Speaking of equipment that shines, this glamorous pizza oven is a total showstopper.
This concept offers not just sushi, but also made-to-order Japanese omelets.
Grab and Go
Although the food hall was designed before the pandemic, grab and go has always been a strong force for busy college students. Seen here, social distancing in action.
During the pandemic, bowls have been a menu item that were popular before and became essential during, since it’s a great format to take away.
UMass Dining’s bakery has long been impressive, now it’s even better.
Equipment ready to bake many items for the lucky campus.