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Food services gives campus cafeterias fancy facelift

Jennifer Bowman, 20, communications student, browses through her options at the new salad bar in the Snack Bar cafeteria at City College on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

After the West and East Campus cafeteria receive complete makeovers, including a menu update and burrito shack, City College will have new dining choices.

The available budget was $600,000 to restore both cafeterias and according to Director of Food Services Mark Sullivan—around $450,000 has already been spent.

“Feeding the students, faculty, and staff is one of the attributes in this massive number one City College machine that helps promote students success,” said Sullivan.

Earlier this summer, food services began to remodel the inside of the West Campus snack shop. Fresh paint, new floors, updated lighting and cash register lanes have been installed.

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“The customers keep saying it’s much better than before,” said Michelle Fernandez, a student employee cashier at the West Campus cafeteria.

During the evenings, Culinary Arts students staff the kitchen preparing the hot plate items for the West Campus cafeteria. Fresh ingredients for the salad bar and prepared meals are supplied from local farmer markets and supermarkets, such as Whole Foods.

The centerpiece of the West cafeteria is a buffet-style salad bar, with hot plate selections, for $5.50 per pound. Also an extension of the campus coffee shop, The Buzz Shack, was added.

“It feels like opening a new restaurant,” Sara Schmidhauser, food service assistant said. “It’s a learning experience.”

The West Campus cafeteria is already three-fourths complete. Sullivan plans to refurbish the outside patio furniture with black tables and red umbrellas. It should be entirely finished by next month.

“We want a nice environment,” Sullivan said. “There’s still a lot of finishing touches to be done.”

Sale revenue has increased by 40 percent after reopening on West Campus.

Renovations are now in progress at the East Campus cafeteria.

Natural Bowls replaced The View sandwich deli in the Campus Center Dining Room. It opened last Thursday and offers made-to-order açaí fruit bowls and smoothies.

“It’s a good change and it’s been needed for quite some time.” Jim LeVasseur, food service assistant said. “It really serves a purpose.”

A burrito shack, with a similar menu as Chipotle, is being built in front of the Campus Center. Food services hopes to renovate the outside with similar patio furnisher as the West Campus cafeteria along with an outdoor fountain.

“The renovations were needed to keep us on the cutting edge and to provide fresh foods,” Sullivan said.

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