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Housing Covid-19 Updates

Dining Covid-19 Updates

For the safety of everyone, appropriate face coverings will be required in order to receive service at all Dining Centers.  You may only remove your face covering while seated and eating your meal. All customers must follow 6-foot social distancing. In the Dining Centers, you will show your Panther Card picture to the checker before you self-swipe. 

In the interest of public health, everything will be served on disposables. You can dine in, if there is seating available, or you can take your meal to-go. In residential dining, you will receive a to-go box containing your meal as well as a beverage and three additional side items. There will be cards on all tables that indicate if a table is available. If the table is sanitized and ready, the card will be on the green side stating available. If the table has not yet been sanitized, the card will be red and you will need to wait until it can be cleaned.  When leaving please turn the card on your table to the red side to let our staff know it is ready to be cleaned. When you have finished your meal, please place your trash in the receptacles near the exits. 

RESIDENTIAL DINING

Taylor Dining Center:

  • Breakfast Monday-Friday 7:30am-9:30am, lunch Monday-Friday 11:00pm-2:00pm, dinner Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Customers must enter through the side (Taylor or Lawson) based on what entrée you wish to have.  You cannot cross over to the other serving line.
  • You will be allowed one time through the entrée serving line but you will be able to get to the dessert station and beverage station for refills if you are eating in the dining room.
  • The Lawson side will have a rotating menu along with allergen-friendly items.
  • The Taylor Line will have a rotating menu.

Thomas Dining Center:

  • Lunch - Monday–Friday 11:00am-3:00pm, Dinner - Monday-Friday 4:00pm-8:00pm, Late Night Pizza (to-go only) - Sunday-Thursday 8:00pm-1:00am, Brunch - Saturday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm, Dinner - Saturday-Sunday 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Customers must enter through the side (Thomas or Andrews) based on what entrée you wish to have.  You cannot cross over to the other serving line.
  • You will be allowed one time through the entrée serving line but you will be able to get to the dessert station and beverage station for refills if you are eating in the dining room. 
  • The Andrews Line will have a rotating menu.
  • The Thomas Line will serve pizza and pasta options.

Tower Dining Center:

Stevenson Grill (West Side) will be open for brunch Monday–Friday 7:30am-1:30pm, dinner Monday-Wednesday 4:30pm-7:30pm. Saturday & Sunday brunch 10:00am-1:30pm.

  • Follow the signage stating “Stevenson Grill, Etc. entrance begins here” and follow through the stanchion dividers.
  • Let the checker know how you will be paying:  meal swipe, dining dollars, etc., show them your picture on your Panther ID card.  The checker will let you know when to swipe your card on the attachment to the plexiglass.
  • Wait at the designated area at the checker stand for confirmation to enter the serving area.  This will be monitored by allowing the next Panther into the serving area when the Beverage area does not have a Panther to serve.
  • Follow entrance/exits signs and floor stickers/signage as to the flow to prevent Panthers for crossing paths.
  • Once inside the serving area:
  • Pick up a tray or to-go bag to carry your items.
    • 1st stop:  Beverage area – you will also pick up your cutlery set there and request cereal when available.
    • 2nd stop:  Hot Foods – You will receive one to-go container at this area – please see the menu for items available at the Hot Food Stations – our staff will place the hot food items in your container and place on the counter for you to pick up.  This area will also have entrée salads during dinner – if you want a cold entrée salad instead of hot entrée food, you will ask the staff at this area.
    • 3rd stop:  In front of the grill areas will be condiments to compliment the meal – please take the items you touch. 
    • 4th stop:  Bakery, whole fruit, side salads and cold side items – you are able to take up to a total of 3 of any combination of these items.
    • 5th stop:  Last chance for a to-go bag, and exit to the dining room, or to leave the building.

Deli (East Side) will be open for lunch Monday-Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm and dinner 4:00pm-8:00pm

  • The Deli line begins in the east dining room shortly after entering the building from the east entrance.  A reminder that wearing a facemask properly and maintaining social distancing is necessary.
  • Follow the signage stating “Tower Deli entrance begins here” and follow through the stanchion dividers
  • Wait at the designated area at the checkers stand for confirmation to enter the serving area
  • Once inside the serving area:
  • Follow entrance/exits signs
  • Panthers may scatter about in the serving area
  • Observe social distancing floor guidelines
  • Please take the item you touch (chips, cold cup items, etc)
  • Please do not put items in a to-go bag until you have swiped with the checker.  To-go bags are located after you exit at the checker stand. Trays are available for you to carry items.
  • At the beverage area, you will receive your beverage and cutlery set.
  • Approach the checker stand on the exit side
  • Let the checker know how you will by paying:  meal swipe, dining dollars, etc., show them your picture on your Panther Card ID.  The checker will let you know when to swipe your card on the attachment to the plexiglass.
  • Please leave trays in the designated tray cart if you are taking your order to go.

Stevo Tower Reservation Only Dining will be open Thursday and Friday 4:30 pm-7:30 pm.

  • Arrive at the time of your reservation properly wearing a facemask and social distancing; please have one party member approach the Host stand so the reservation party can be verified.
  • The host will guide you to the checkers stand area where each person in the party will show their picture on their Panther ID card and will be advised when they can swipe their card on the card swipe attached to the plexiglass.
  • The host will then seat you.
  • Please remember facemasks must still be worn while seated when not eating or drinking.
  • Staff will begin preparing your plates (all meal options should have been selected when the reservation was made)
  • Once your parties orders are ready, we will place them in a staging area in the dining room and announce to your table your order is ready and you may approach the staging area to pick up your plated meals.
  • There will be limited seating for reservations.
  • Please do not move tables and seats
  • When you are finished with your meal, you may leave your items on the table and our staff will bus the table.

 

RETAIL DINING

University Food Court:

  • Open Monday–Friday 7:30am–8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm. Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays.
  • All customers must enter through the South entrance (the University Union side), and will be directed to the appropriate queueing line based on their desired primary destination (Chick-fil-A, Market, Panther Grille, or Subway).
    • Guests desiring CFA will que in South dining area,
    • Everything else will que in West dining area.
    • Once inside the serving area, customers will be queued in lines in front of each venue.
    • Packaged Grab & Go items as well as fountain sodas can be picked up by the customer.
    • Once the guest’s items have been acquired, they will proceed to one of the open registers for contactless payment (Dining Dollars, Credit Card, Apple/Google/Samsung pay) or cash. 
    • The customer will be directed toward the North dining area for limited seating options or toward the north or west exit.

Java Beanery and Bakery:

  • Open Monday–Thursday 7:30am–6:00pm, Friday 7:30am – 3:00pm.
  • Enter the queuing area and follow floor markings as you approach the counter to place and pick-up your order
  • Condiments, toasters, and microwave will be available upon request

 

 

 

 

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