Sept. 11—Over a 78-day period during the summer, KU Dining Services gutted and then renovated the Daisy Hill dining facility, Mrs. E’s.
The $5 million renovation project began on May 17 and was open to students by the beginning of classes. Renovations to the facility include the addition of stations that cater to dietary needs with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, additional seating and updated equipment.
“We had a number of things that we were getting to the point it was just worn out,” said Mark Maranell, manager of Mrs. E’s. “We certainly did our best to keep the place in good condition, keep things clean and in function but we had a number of pieces of equipment that were just worn out. It was time.”
According to Sheryl Kidwell, assistant director of KU Memorial Unions residential dining, the project had been in the books for roughly five years, but because of renovations to other dining facilities, it didn’t come to life until this year.