UConn Revamps Dining Hall With An International Flair

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University of Connecticut students returning to campus this fall are in for a treat — more precisely, several treats served on small plates, European-style.

UConn is completing a $9 million renovation to McMahon Hall's dining facility that will increase seating from 374 to 530. The "open kitchen" design includes stools surrounding the cooking areas, so students can watch and interact with the chefs.

Stainless steel appliances and cooktops, energy-saving lighting, bright yellow backsplash and glass paneling give the dining hall a trendy, state-of-the-art look.

The "small plate" concept allows students to try a bit of everything and is environmentally friendly because, as Dennis Pierce, director of UConn Dining Services said, students' eyes are sometimes bigger than their stomachs.

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