BY MEREDITH MASON
Report From Newport: Fall 2013
Renovations transform Miley Cafeteria into the ultimate dining experience.
While most students dreaded the thought of trading in their home-cooked meals for the college dining hall, students at Salve Regina were anxious to see what the new Miley Cafeteria had in store for them this fall. After months of planning and construction, the newly renovated cafeteria opened its doors to the Salve Regina community just a few days before the start of the semester.
“This is a great environment to come hang out with your friends to eat and relax between classes,” says Alexandra Dube ’17, who was finishing lunch with her friends at 1:30 in the afternoon Oct. 29. “Our two favorites are the Mongolian grill and brick-oven pizza.”
With seven interactive dining stations and 50 percent more capacity, the new cafeteria now provides seating for 490. Students enter through the front door and are swiped in at a circular host station. Former rows of long, bulky tables have been replaced with sleek and modern seating, and students can choose from booths, high tops or large round tables.
Dining stations dispersed throughout offer students various options catering to individual needs. The salad bar displays an array of fresh vegetables and toppings, while the chefs continuously pull steaming pizzas out of the new brick oven. Entrees and sandwiches are now made to order by the Sodexo staff.
“What an amazing job they did here,” says Anne Nutter, who has worked as a server in the cafeteria for six years and now staffs the brick oven pizza station. “Our pizzas are a top favorite, in competition with burgers that come with toppings such as bacon and Gouda cheese, along with a side of sweet potato fries.”
The Mongolian grill, a favorite among students, cooks up fresh vegetables, steak, chicken and seafood. “I love that we were able to put that in and have the fresh cooked-to-order options,” says Mark Rodrigues, general manager. In addition, a grill station has been added to take the place of Original Burger, previously located on the garden level.
Although the Miley Cafeteria has changed considerable, there is one face that can still be spotted from behind the omelet line. Patty Miller, a 34-year veteran of the cafeteria, continues to serve students during breakfast and lunch. “I still like the old Miley,” Miller says. “But this one offers more room for the students to enjoy different stations.”