New look and new food choices coming this fall!
The extensive renovation of KU’s largest residential dining location, Ekdahl Dining Center, is progressing well. Though the timeline is very tight, the project is on schedule. It is at the point where the changes and daily transformations are dramatically impressive and fast paced. The project spans all of the areas our guests will experience, from the newly redesigned entrance off Engel Road into a grand hallway featuring a large video wall set to display beautiful campus scenes and activities.
Above the new cashier stations you’ll see an electronic flat screen menu board displaying that days numerous menu offerings. You then enter the food court, with its warm yet contemporary look, complete with ceramic tile flooring and walls. We have expanded from seven to now eleven different food concepts providing our guests with an array of options from classic favorites to cultural delights.
Each new concept is a streamlined station designed for improved traffic flow and speedy service. Nearly every part of the existing facility is undergoing a complete overhaul, with new food selections and special attention given to ensuring variety and quality for today’s college students’ ever-changing and sophisticated palettes. They will encounter updated décor, contemporary finishes, enhanced menus and new service styles.
The dining room layout has been improved as well, allowing students multiple seating options with new dining tables and chairs, carpeting and lighting with easy access for guests to move through the area more quickly and efficiently. The half wall partitions have all come down and have been replaced with open railings in order to better expose the breathtaking panoramic view of campus!
All of these changes give Mrs. E’s a bright, airy and open feeling in a warm and inviting dining atmosphere. A place you want to be! We are all very excited about this project and are looking forward to welcoming our students this fall.