Dining Updates

Fall 2020 Updates

Beginning Sept. 18, and until further notice, all Kent Campus dining locations will serve takeout only. There will be no dine-in option at any Kent Campus dining location.

Dining Safety

Dining Services will implement all COVID safe practices and guidelines established by Kent State University with the Flashes Safe Seven principles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Ohio and the local Department of Health. 

Students, faculty and guests will be reassured by visual representations of our efforts including signage, frequent sanitation methods and floor stickers to promote physical distancing. Density capacity will be no more than 50% of normal occupancy with 6 feet between tables. This also requires seating limitations for all dining locations, but we will continue to offer to-go options for guests who prefer to eat elsewhere. Our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls (DI Eat-In and Eastway Fresh Food Company) will be a combination of carry-out and limited dine-in seating and may be subject to change in order to remain in compliance with necessary practices and guidelines. 

Please contact Dining Services at Dining@kent.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.


Dining Updates

In fall 2020, University Dining Services is excited to unveil a NEW dining hall facility and convenience store in the Design Innovation Hub building that will continue to elevate dining at Kent State University. There will also be operational adjustments made to other dining locations to adapt to the changing needs of the Kent State community and given the unique situation of re-opening with COVID-19 directing much of our work. 

Beginning in the Fall 2020 Semester: 

  • There will be expanded dining offerings at Rosie’s Diner to include pizza and deli options. 
  • Made-without-gluten options will be available at both the DI Eat-In and Eastway Fresh Food Company dining halls, as well as at additional dining locations across campus. 
  • Working with Kent State, Munchies Market and Prentice Cafe will be repurposed as student engagement spaces and will no longer function as dining locations. 
  • The Market dining hall and the Patio within the Kent Student Center will also no longer function as dining halls; the university is determining new uses for these spaces.
  • A NEW chicken concept will be located in the HUB of the Kent Student Center, offering home style breaded chicken tenders, a variety of sauces including an in-house special sauce and scrumptious sides.
  • GRAZERS will be leaving their location on campus and serving the Kent State community at their expanded restaurant located in downtown Kent. 

For a list of all locations on campus, please visit our Hours of Operation page. Hours of operation for all dining locations will be finalized closer to the beginning of the fall semester.
 

Fall 2020 Labor Day Hours

 


F.A.Q.

Safety Protocols

Q: What steps are being taken at dining locations to provide guests with a safe eating environment?

A: UDS is constantly working to make adjustments to adapt to the changing needs of the Kent State community given the unique situation of re-opening with COVID-19. 

UDS will implement all COVID safe practices and guidelines established by Kent State University with the Flashes Safe Seven principles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Ohio and the local Department of Health.
 
Students, faculty and guests will be reassured by visual representations of our efforts including signage, frequent sanitation methods and floor stickers to promote physical distancing. This also requires seating limitations for all dining locations, but we will continue to offer to-go options for guests who prefer to eat elsewhere.

 Please contact Dining Services at Dining@kent.edu if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Q: Are Dining Services employees required to wear a face covering or mask?

A: Yes! In accordance with the CDC and university guidelines, all UDS employees will be wearing masks at all dining locations. 

 
Q: Am I required to wear a face covering or mask when I visit dining locations?

A: Yes, in accordance with the Flashes Safe Seven principles face coverings are required in all group or public settings on campus. Unless you are consuming food or beverage, a face mask must be worn at all times inside a dining location. 

Q: If the university makes a decision to close due to the COVID situation will I get a dining refund for remaining weeks?

A:  In support of the University’s academic calendar for the fall semester, and to reduce travel, it is encouraged that students move home for the holiday break by Saturday, November 21, 2020 and return to campus when the halls reopen in January. The University’s current approach is to offer prorated dining refunds as it did in the spring semester. The credit will be applied to the student’s account. The residence halls and some dining locations will not close for the semester until after finals for those students who do not leave during the Thanksgiving break.
 
For information regarding the cancellation of meal plans and other contractual information, please contact the Flashcard Office at flashcard@kent.edu.

Operational Changes

Q: Are to-go boxes still available for to-go at the dining halls?

A: Yes, to-go boxes will be available at Eastway Fresh Food Company and DI Dining Eat-In. 

Q: Will there be seating available at the dining halls?

A: At this time there will be limited available seating at both dining halls. Seating capacity may change in order to provide a safe eating environment for all guests throughout the semester. In the event that a dining hall is at seating capacity as a guest arrives to eat, the option to grab a to-go container will be available for guests. With limited seating at our locations, we do ask guests to be respectful of the time they spend eating in the dining halls.

Q: Can I bring my reusable mug or water bottle to dining locations?

A: No. To reduce the potential spread of germs, you will not be allowed to bring any reusable cups or containers to use inside dining locations.

Q: Can I use cash at Dining locations?

A: For the Fall 2020 semester, Dining Services will be going cashless at Rosie’s, Eastway Market & Deli, Simon Café, Summit Street Smoothie Shop. All other locations will be accepting cash at this time.

Q. Which Dining Locations will be open for the fall semester?

A: All dining locations and their hours of operations can be viewed by visiting our Hours of Operation page.

For additional questions regarding University Dining Services, please visit our F.A.Q. Page. You can also contact University Dining Services by calling (330) 672-2541 or by emailing dining@kent.edu. For additional updates from Kent State University, please visit the Coronavirus Updates page.