See inside the University of Washington’s new ‘dining destination’

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The University of Washington will be opening the doors to a new campus eatery this fall. Center Table, a 28,000-square-foot “dining destination,” is intended to be a gathering space for students who live in the three residence halls nearby. Read on for a look inside the new space.

Photographs courtesy of the University of Washington

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Sustainability, namely resource conservation, will be a focus at Center Table, which replaces an earlier eatery in Willow Hall on the Seattle school’s North Campus. “Taking full advantage of our campus farm and many other local food resources, creative meals in a communal space are a continued focus of UW Dining,” University of Washington Executive Chef Tracey MacRae said in a press release about the new eatery. “Beyond the ingredients, our commitment to sustainability, reduction of waste and the lessening of food insecurity, we will continue to promote the ideology and culture that speaks to food as nourishment to us physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.”

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Select, one of Center Table’s seven dining stations, will provide several options that are free of the eight most frequent allergens and are prepped in a separate kitchen.

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The Plate station will serve up American and ethnic dishes with modern flair.

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An outpost of the chain Pagliacci Pizza is situated specifically to prevent allergens from contaminating ingredients at the Select station.

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The Seared station will offer classic diner fare such as fries, burgers and milkshakes.

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Quench is all about the beverages, including tea, lemonade, coffee and hot chocolate. Students seeking additional grab-and-go options can pop by Market, which offers sandwiches, soups and a salad bar.

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Outdoor seating at Center Table looks out over Seattle’s scenery. All told, the eatery can seat 500-plus students.

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