Students at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., are dining in style at the school’s first stand-alone dining hall, which opened this month. Aiming to serve up made-from-scratch fare with a heavy assist from tech, the hall includes eight restaurant-style stations, one of which offers three-course meals with table service.
Multiple seating options
Named after the university’s president and first lady, Kate and John R. Broderick, the 39,000-square-foot Broderick Dining Commons can hold up to 550 guests with seating for an additional 225 outside. Counter seats provide an additional seating option indoors.
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Abundant ethnic eats
Most of the facility’s eight stations offer global fare. Among them is Rice Sticks Asian Kitchen, which boasts a high-top noodle bar and rotating hot wok entrees. Students looking for a traditional sit-down meal can visit the hibachi grill, from which a three-course meal is served to tables by the chefs.
At the Maize South American Kitchen station, slow-roasted skewers of chicken, beef, sausage, vegetables, pork and fish are carved right in front of customers. In another area, those ordering grilled items can watch them being cooked on a large wood-fired grill showcased behind glass.
Chefs at the Mosaic International station get a little help from a sushi robot that is able to prepare sushi rolls. The sushi is served via a moving platform, along with other small plates.