Dining Updates | Kent State University

Dining Updates

There are some big changes coming to University Dining Services in the coming year. 

New Starbucks location on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade 

Coming Spring 2018

Construction has been completed for the new fully-licensed Starbucks location on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade. The location showcases beautiful pieces of art, including one designed by Kent State Graduate Student, Shannon Hamilton. We are excited to share her story about this project and how University Dining Services helped her discover her purpose. The location is now open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Renderings of Starbucks



eastway cafe renovations

Coming summer 2018

Over the summer, Eastway Cafe will be transformed into the Eastway Fresh Food Company. The entire location will be renovated into an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. Students entering Eastway Fresh Food Company will swipe their FLASHcard and have full access into the updated all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. Guests will be able to watch their food be cooked fresh, right in front of them at our Transformation Kitchen, Vegan & Vegetarian Station, Produce Market & Deli, Home Zone and Grill Station.  

Renderings of The Eastway Fresh Food Company

Eagles Nest Preview

Kent Market 2 and prentice renovations

Coming summer 2018

Kent Market 2 and Prentice Cafe will also be renovated this summer. Both dining halls will be transformed into all-you-care-to-eat dining locations and will offer fresh, new menu offerings. Students entering Kent Market 2 or Prentice Cafe will swipe their FLASHcard and have full access into the updated all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. Kent Market 2 will also be extending its hours for dinner Monday through Thursday for Fall 2018.

Renderings of Kent Market 2 and Prentice Cafe

kent market 1 and EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS Renovations

Coming summer 2018

Two additional locations in the Kent Student Center will receive updates over the summer. Kent Market 1, located on the first floor of the Student Center, will be completely renovated and will feature Mediterranean-branded concept OLILO by Cat Cora. OLILO will offer a delicious, healthy, made-your-way menu, featuring Mediterranean tastes and flavors. The concept was created by world-renowned “Iron Chef” Cat Cora, who made television history in 2005 when she became the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. The name OLILO pays tribute to Chef Cora’s Greek heritage and is derived from “olives” and “olive oil,” a staple of Mediterranean cooking.

Einstein Bros. Bagels in The HUB will also be renovated this summer to enhance the overall look and feel of this location.

Seasoned Markets coming to REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Coming Fall 2018

Two new Seasoned Markets will be added to Kent State University Regional Academic Center and Kent State University East Liverpool over the summer. The Seasoned Markets will serve an assortment of sandwiches, salads, wraps, snacks, coffee and convenience items for students to grab on the go! 

Kent State University Regional Academic Center Seasoned MarketKent State University at East Liverpool Seasoned Market

2018-2019 Meal Plan Updates

Coming Fall 2018

Beginning Fall 2018, Kent State University Dining Services will offer a variety of meal plans tailored to promote the health and well-being of students while complementing their busy schedules. These meal plans were designed specifically for Kent State students to be convenient, flexible and loaded with options. For more information on new meal plans, please visit our 2018-2019 Meal Plan page.

Another exciting change coming Fall 2018 will be the removal of the 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. meal plan restriction in The HUB. Starting next semester, students will be able to use their declining balance dollars at any time in all HUB dining locations.


Have questions about the upcoming changes? 

If you have any other questions about renovations or new meal plans, you can contact University Dining Services by calling (330) 672-2541 or by emailing dining@kent.edu.