Los Olivos Dining Commons Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Los Olivos Dining Commons Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
Los Olivos Commons recently celebrated a grand re-opening after its $1 million renovation that included upgrading the beverage area, adding a deli-style sandwich bar and interior finishes such as new tables, chairs and carpeting.
The dining facility continued to operate during renovations to serve the needs of the students.

Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc. Dining Services held a much-anticipated grand re-opening celebration of Los Olivos Dining Commons on Dec. 2.

For $5 per person, faculty, staff and students enjoyed sampling new food at an all-you-can-eat buffet, while listening to a performance by country singer Ashley Bee and her band, The Stingers.

Los Olivos, on Sycamore Lane next to Encinitas Hall, recently underwent a $1 million remodeling job. Renovations began in March. The project was funded by the Foundation and University Housing Services trust fund, according to Nancy Levandowski, director of Dining Services.

The newly remodeled facility features exhibition cooking stations that include a gas pizza oven and a stir-fry station where fresh pasta and Asian food will be cooked daily.

?Patrons will see us make the pizza, put it in the oven and then cut it up right in front of them,? says Levandowski. ?It?s a technique called just-in-time cooking because it?s just in time for the customers.?

Renovations also called for an upgraded beverage area and deli-style sandwich bar. Interior finishes included new tables, chairs, carpeting, tile and paint.

The finished product is ?amazing,? says Levandowski.

?This is the cutting-edge of residence hall dining,? she says. ?We want to provide the services and variety students are looking for. People want it fast, fresh and fabulous, and that?s what we?re providing.?

The building was built in the 1960s and first underwent a $500,000 serving line renovation in 1996.

Although Los Olivos is the primary dining facility for dorm residents, the cafeteria-style dining hall is also open to students and staff for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dining Services officials are pleased that the dining facility continued to operate during renovations.

?We never had to close it down. We worked around the construction because we had to provide service to the students,? says Levandowski.