NC State Dining to Open Food Service on Centennial Campus


December 20, 2010 (Raleigh, NC)—NC State Dining will open a full-service food court on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in March 2011.  The food-service unit will be built near the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) located at 850 Oval Drive.

The facility will feature a Chick-fil-A and a rotating menu of freshly prepared items that will include a salad bar, deli, pasta, stir-fry and more.  It will also have an indoor seating area for 225 and outdoor seating for 60.

The facility will be named Innovation Café, a name that was chosen from a contest held throughout Centennial Campus in early December.  Innovation Cafe was selected by Randy Lait, director of dining services, from over one-hundred and fifty entries. Xiaoming Feng, executive consulting engineer at ABB Inc, was the Centennial employee behind the name.

“Innovation Café is a fitting name for the facility and the naming competition was a great way to get Centennial Campus involved in the process,” said Lait.  “We look forward to the facility and providing Centennial with a variety of food options until the permanent facility is constructed.”

The facility will help bridge the gap between now and the opening of permanent dining space that is part of a student apartment complex that will be constructed on the Oval by 2014.  The permanent space will feature 15,000 square feet of dining services.

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