The Multipurpose Building in Worth Hills opened its doors at 7 a.m. Monday.
Students woke up early this morning to have breakfast in the new building and check out its dining options. Sophomore Kaitlin Wickenheiser was one of the first students to check out the new facility.
“It’s beautiful!” Wickenheiser said. “There are a lot of new options.”
Wickenheiser lives in Worth Hills and said the facility is much closer to her than the Brown-Lupton University Union.
Students were not the only ones present for the grand opening. Faculty and staff, including Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull, were also there to welcome the students as they walked-in
Cavins-Tull said she was involved in the design planning of the $32 million building.
As of right now the building has no official name, but Cavins-Tull said she hopes the building will be dedicated later this spring. She added there is still work to be done outside the building, including the addition of outdoor furniture such as umbrellas and comfortable chairs.
Students have a variety of options within each of the five dining venues.
The Press is a coffee shop which offers grab and go food and snacks. It’s hours are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
O’Brien’s Grill offers a wide range of options from hamburgers to Gyros all freshly made. Its operation hours are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Caliente offers a taste of what some would compare to Chipotle. Dining options include salads, tacos, and burritos made with freshly made tortillas. Its operation hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Magnolia’s Bistro offers a menu that is chef-inspired and will be different every day. Its operation hours are 10:30 am to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Big Purple Truck will provide Classic American food and will reintroduce the Salandwich, which was once offered at 1873. The truck’s operation hours will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Michael Russel, assistant vice chancelor for student affairs, said the food truck is not available as of now, but should be ready within the next two to three weeks.
In addition to the new dining options, the new building also offers a wide variety of chairs and study spaces for students.
Whether students are interested in dining in, studying or just hanging out, the doors will remain open until 2 a.m.