Earlier this school year, Cal Poly debuted a new foodservice venue on its San Luis Obispo, Calif., campus. Though the 35,400-square-foot Vista Grande Dining Complex, which contains seven eateries and a market, was designed to foster interaction and collaboration, some of those elements have been on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a peek inside.
Underscoring its aim to spur interaction, each concept at Vista Grande was designed exhibition-style so diners can watch food being prepared, something the facility plans to bring back post-pandemic. “The complex brings a leading dining experience to campus and launches the university’s renewed focus on the student experience with an adaptable space to dine, socialize and study,” Cody VanDorn, CEO of Cal Poly Corporation, the auxiliary group of which campus dining services is a part, said in a statement.
Indoor dining is not currently offered due to COVID-19, but Grande Vista hosts areas of outdoor seating, crafted with amenities such as fireplaces and game tables.