KU looks to embrace trends with $13.1M rehab

Two large dining hall renovations are bringing foodservice trends to Lawrence.

June 19—After a $13.1 million renovation of the University of Kansas' Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, the location will reopen in the fall with a revamped food service area with new dining options.

The dining area was designed with the assistance of a food service consultant, and follows a planned renovation for Mrs. E’s, the larger dining facility in Lewis Hall that serves KU’s Daisy Hill residence halls.

Sheryl Kidwell, KU Dining Services’ assistant director for residential dining, said the newly named North College Cafe would be open to all students with a dining plan.

The new area will pick up on campus dining trends across the country, featuring cook-to-order setups, where students can choose their own ingredients at stations featuring Italian food, ramen noodles and a pizza oven.