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By The Auxiliary Services Team

Now that the fall semester is well under way, we thought it would be a good time to touch upon some of the new and exciting changes in campus dining.

From the residential dining commons to retail locations to catering to the convenience stores, there’s been quite a few updates. Some you most likely already know about – such as Chartwells Higher Education taking over as the new food service provider – but some you probably had not discovered yet.

So let’s begin the review!

Longer hours in the two dining commons

The largest of the two dining halls on campus, Moody Towers Dining Commons, has undergone several changes this year, not the least of which is a new name (Don’t refer to it as The Fresh Food Company at Moody Towers any longer!)

Perhaps its biggest change, though has to do with its hours of operations. Moody Towers is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In other words, it does not close. Cougar Woods Dining Commons also has longer hours than last year. This semester, it is open weekdays from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. On the weekends, it closes at 10 p.m.

Student engagement commons added at Moody

Lounge in Moody Towers Dining CommonsVisitors to Moody Towers Dining Commons may have noticed the new lounge area near the front entrance that was added this semester.

The student engagement commons – complete with chairs, sofas and tables – is part of a larger overall vision to transform the dining hall into a secure location for students to gather at any time of the day to study, meet with friends and hang out.

Students can use the area at any time. They can even bring in their gaming consoles and play video games using the television that is attached to the wall. There are enough seating locations to accommodate close to two dozen students.

A touch of Hakeem the Dream

DR34M Station at Moody TowersThere’s a new station within Moody Towers Dining Commons whose name will ring familiar to fans of the Houston Rockets and the Phi Slamma Jamma dynasty here at UH.

The DR34M (Dream 34) Grill station is located on the west side of the dining commons near the student lounge area. The station is named for Hakeen Olajuwon, the NBA Hall of Famer who had a long and illustrious career with the Rockets following a successful run as a Houston Cougar, and whose jersey number was 34.

The station is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the late-night hours. Its daily menu includes such items as hamburgers, turkey burgers, black bean and veggie burgers, chicken tenders and fries. The station will feature specialty burgers on a promotional basis throughout the year.

Drexlers BBQA touch of Clyde the Glide

Another famous alumnus of UH is also an NBA Hall of Famer: Clyde Drexler. This semester, a barbecue restaurant bearing his family’s name has opened in the Student Center Satellite. Although ongoing repair work from Hurricane Harvey has kept the UH community from being able to enjoy it, we expect folks will flock to it once the building reopens. We hope that could be as early as Oct. 2!

New names

Moody Towers Dining Commons isn’t the only member of the UH Dining family that has a new name. Let’s go over the others, shall we?

The campus convenience stores, which have undergone some changes, have all been rebranded as “The Market.” For example, the store at Cougar Woods is now “Cougar Woods Market.” The store in Cougar Village is now “Cougar Village Market.” And so on and so on.

The Fresh ForkThe campus catering service also has a new moniker, The Fresh Fork, which replaces the old name (remember Catering on Cullen?)

Make sure to check out its website for menu information, ordering details and prices.

New apps

UH Dining Services has a new app that students, faculty and staff can take advantage of. The Dine on Campus app is available for Apple and Android devices. It features live menus, hours of operation, special offers, dining events, management contact info and feedback forms.

Boost mobile ordering appAnother great tool now available to the UH community is Boost, a mobile ordering app.

The Boost app allows users to order and pay for food in advance at numerous retail dining locations across campus. That list currently includes Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Taco Bell in the Student Center Satellite (which is temporary closed while damage from Hurricane Harvey is repaired); Subway in University Lofts; Einstein Bros. Bagels in Phillip Guthrie Hoffman Hall; Starbucks in Melcher Hall; Panda Express, Starbucks and Freshii in the Student Center; and Taco Cabana in the Stadium Garage.

New dietitian

A new dietitian has joined the UH Dining family this fall: Lauren Ross. Not only is she the dietitian, she's also UH Dining's director of wellness and sustainability. She is available to consult with the UH community on overall nutrition counseling, special diets or food restrictions.

New social media accounts

The dining program has all new social media accounts with a new name: @UHFoodie. So check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is one of the best ways to keep up with everything going on in campus dining.

New website

Last, but definitely not least, UH Dining has a new website. We hope you check it out.


posted: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017