September 15, 2015 – Balloons adorned Latimer Student Center as the new Prideland Grill opened its doors for full service during its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 11.
As part of the renovations implemented for this semester, the grill features an ample variety of booth and table seating and connects directly to the game room, providing the expanded Lion’s Den with a comfortable, casual feel that has already proven to be a huge draw for the student body.
With a kitchen provided with quality new equipment including an open flame charbroiler, a bun toaster, and a deep fryer, the menu is greatly expanded from what the SubZone – the grill’s forerunner – has provided over the past few years. Now the plentiful offerings include freshly made burgers, milkshakes, mozzarella sticks, curly fries, and more student favorites.
Food Services Director AJ Caudill said, “I’m excited for this space because I know it’s going to be the hub of activity for people to really fellowship instead of just passing each other in the hallway – to actually hang out, play some games, get a bite to eat, have a milkshake. The SubZone was very successful for what it was, but it was pretty tight, restrictive on seating and equipment and space. Expanding this area, in conjunction with the new student life office, which is now more accessible and welcoming, makes it feel like you’re home, maybe in the basement playing ping pong and eating a burger.”
The opening of the Prideland Grill follows on the heels of additional dining hall improvements and are a result of contract renegotiations with food service provider Pioneer College Caterers, which provided funds for upgrades to the dining areas on campus. Tim Wolters, Pioneer’s vice president of operations, noted that he enjoys working with the dining services team at Bryan and that he is excited about the direction the dining hall and Prideland Grill have taken this year.
Pioneer District Manager Sami Elmaasarani, who said that students had already commented how the Prideland Grill improves the atmosphere of the student center, happily concluded, “It’s a whole different dining experience.”
Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206; firstname.lastname@example.org.