Red Jacket and Southside Café reopen for spring

Red Jacket Dining Hall and Southside Cafe reopened Jan. 17 after lengthy renovations that forced their closure last semester.

No major aesthetic changes to the facilities were made as the primary objective of the renovations was to improve the building's ventilation system and poor air quality.

"It's much cooler in the kitchen than it used to be," said Patrick Parnell, assistant food manager at Red Jacket. "In the summer the dining area will be cooler than it has been."

The only visible change to the dining areas is the removal of the small seating area from Southside Cafe. During breakfast and lunch hours, Southside patrons may utilize parts of the dining area in Red Jacket.

Another major change is the removal of the all-you-can-eat lunch option at Red Jacket, which had been standard for several years.

Although the Red Jacket menu remains relatively unchanged, Southside Cafe has replaced its Panini grill with made-to-order Asian cuisine and fresh sushi.

Nassau, Niagara, Onondaga and Suffolk Halls along with Dante House are collectively home to 972 residents who have been without close access to a dining hall for a semester.

"I'm extremely glad that Red Jacket is open," said freshman April Lenhard, resident of Niagara Hall. "We don't have to trek through the snow to North side anymore."

"It's nice not to have to walk all the way to North side when you're hungry," said sophomore Kim Hall, another Niagara resident.

Red Jacket Dining Hall:Dinner: 5 p.m-8 p.m.Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Southside Cafe:Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.Friday 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Letchworth Dining Hall:Dinner: 5 p.m - 8 p.m.Brunch: Sat. and Sun. 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

Millenium Market:Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.Friday 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.Sunday 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Campus Grind:Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.Fri. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Geneseo University Store:Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Books & Bytes:Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.Sunday 2 p.m.-12 a.m.