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The Studio, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Industrial design showcases classic pub fare at the University of Kansas.

The fine arts residence hall, lovingly known as “Hash,” deserved something special when it came time to renovate its retail foodservice location, says Mark Maranell, general manager of the Ekdahl Dining Commons at the 30,000-student University of Kansas. The answer came as a concept called The Studio.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Entrance
The entrance to The Studio, which is located at KU's fine arts-focused residence hall Hashinger, known as "Hash."

 

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Main counter

Maranell says The Studio has an industrial/artsy feel complete with art displayed on the walls. Maranell says the department decided to move to a cook-to-order Euro grill-style concept. The location also offers some grab and go, as well as some c-store items, but the majority of customers go for the made-to-order items.  

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Pulse, counterA location of KU's coffee concept, Pulse, is located adjacent to The Studio. It features coffee, espresso-based drinks, baked goods and other coffee-shop fare.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Desserts

Pulse also offers sweet treats like cheesecake, brownies and fruit.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Staff with pizza

One change that has made The Studio a destination on campus was the introduction of the department's own pizza concept, called 'za, to The Studio. "I think bringing in our own pizza concept really helped," Maranell says. "It’s a higher quality product than what we had previously and we are able to produce and sell it at a lower cost. "

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Za pizza

'za personal size pizzas are also available as grab-and-go items.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Sandwiches/Wraps

The Studio's menu focuses on pub-type fare including made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, Tex Mex items like burritos and quesadillas, chili cheese fries and chicken strips.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, SaladsThe menu also offers a variety of salads including a crispy chicken salad and a chef's salad.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Burger

Specialty burgers are also a big draw. Maranell says The Studio serves what he would call the best burger on campus. 

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Breakfast

The Studio also serves an assortment of breakfast items such as cinnamon French toast and breakfast burritos.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Grab and Go coolersMaranell says the location does a decent amount of grab-and-go, along with selling a variety of c-store items.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Students eating

“There is one wall painted in bright blue, one of our school colors, and lots of seating options,” Maranell says. “There are two bars with high counter seating as well as booths and café tables. We have LCD TVs. The location has a deck on the east side and a nice patio on the west side of the building. The place just has a great feel to it. It’s so much better than the little hole in the wall it was years ago.” 

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Pulse, seating

The seating area for Pulse.

Snapshots, University of Kansas, The Studio, Stage

Pulse also offers a stage for student performances.

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