Looking for a new place to eat on campus? Soon, there will be eight new options to choose from.
Colorado State University is saying goodbye to the Corbett and Parmelee dining hall that students have been eating at for years. Have no fear though; a new and improved dining center, The Foundry, will be quickly moving in to take its place.
This major renovation serves to modernize the Corbett and Parmelee dining center while providing students with more eating options. “We wanted to bring the [Corbett and Parmelee] dining hall up-to-date with the other dining halls…It is the last dining hall that we haven’t renovated yet,” Shelly Carroll said, Facilities Management member. The Foundry will be a food hall that features eight micro-restaurants to give students a variety of options of what and where to eat.
“The micro-restaurants will be a really great addition to CSU’s campus,” Peyton Griffin said, a first-year marketing major at CSU. “The incoming freshmen are going to be very lucky to have that as a dining hall because there will be so many options for them.”
The new micro-restaurants will include Piatto, 1870, Comida Con Sabor, Theory, Root, The Creamery, Kosher Bistro and Passport. Each restaurant will offer their own unique menus and plentiful seating space. The Foundry will still be an all-you-can-eat dining model, which means that students and guests can get food from any of the venues at one time.
The already existing Kosher Bistro will offer a new and refreshed menu along with updates to the venue itself.
1870, named after the year that CSU was founded, will serve comfort foods that tie back to the school’s roots as an agricultural university.
For those who like variety, Theory will offer a pop-up menu that brings unique foods to the table each day.
Piatto will serve the pizza-lovers with fresh ingredients on pizzas made right in front of you. It will also have a create-your-own pasta bar with a multitude of choices of pasta, sauce, meats and fresh vegetables.
If you cannot have meats and cheeses, Root will have your back by providing vegan and vegetarian options with a selection of sustainable menu items.
Passport will have varying international cuisines that change every day and it plans on bringing in a large variety of recipes.
Comida Con Sabor will feature a fresh tortilla maker and special Mexican dishes that students can have made to their liking.
And for those who have a sweet tooth, The Creamery will have multiple desserts and ice cream so you can get your sugar fix.
“The old [Corbett and Parmelee] dining halls had really good unhealthy Parm burgers and the pasta bar, but there isn’t really anything healthy that tasted good unless you wanted the salad bar and half the time it wasn’t fully stocked,” Griffin said. “So I’m glad that there will be so many changes to the menus.”
The Foundry’s layout will be designed to look different from any other facility on at CSU, providing an open area with an array of themes corresponding to each micro-restaurants’ cuisines.
The old Corbett and Parmelee dining center has been closed since the beginning of March for the commencement of this renovation. CSU plans to reach their goal of opening The Foundry for the fall 2018 semester so that the incoming freshman class can enjoy this new eatery as they start school.