3 upcoming concepts to watch

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While the current school year is not yet over, many operators are already hard at work on new concepts set to debut in the next. Here are three future concepts to keep an eye on, all of which are slated to open this fall. 

1. Student union social space

st mary's

As part of its student union renovation, St. Mary’s College of California is adding a bar area for students, faculty and alumni. According to a story published by the school newspaper, the bar will be open Thursday through Saturday and will sell beer, wine and food. While the final design is still under discussion, officials say the furniture and decor will give the space more of a lounge feel and encourage socializing.

2. Partnering up

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Future Public School, a STEM-focused charter school opening this fall in Garden City, Idaho, has partnered with its local Boys & Girls Club for a kitchen and cafeteria expansion. The new and improved foodservice space located at the club will include expanded food storage, prep and serving areas, Boise Weekly reports. As part of its partnership, Future Public School will be able to use the cafeteria facility, while club members will have access to the school’s gym when not in use.  

3. Contemporary food hall

Colorado state university

At Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., students returning to campus will be able to grab a bite to eat at The Foundry, the school’s new food hall. The space is part of an $11.2 million renovation that will create one centralized food hall out of two dining concepts that share a kitchen but have individual dining spaces. The renovated space will offer eight micro-restaurants, including an Italian street food concept and an eatery dedicated to vegan, vegetarian and sustainable dishes. Officials say that the decor will include midcentury modern furniture with a contemporary twist, paying homage to The Foundry’s roots, as the space was built in the ’60s. 

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