Dining Updates

2020-2021 Dining Updates

Additional Seating Now Available for Dining

As part of our effort to decrease in-person contact, all Kent Campus dining locations will continue to serve takeout meals only.

University Dining Services will provide outdoor heated tents in three strategic locations across campus to offer the campus community safe, convenient seating where Kent State community members can enjoy their meals.

While meals can be brought into these tents, there will be no food for sale in tents.

Tents are locating near dining halls in the following locations:

  • On the Student Green near the Kent Student Center - open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Adjacent to the Design Innovation (DI) Hub - open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Adjacent to Fletcher Hall near Eastway Center – open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

The dining tents will be open until Friday, Nov. 20.

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.


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: For the Fall 2020 semester, resident students with the Gold, Kent or Blue Meal plan will be eligible for a partial refund. Students just need to complete the housing application to move out early. Once that is completed, students will be added to a report to receive a prorated fall semester refund for both housing and dining. 

For the Spring 2021 semester, pricing for the Gold, Kent and Blue meal plans have been adjusted and can be found on our Meal Plans page.

For information any additional questions please contact dining at Dining@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: As part of our effort to decrease in-person contact, all Kent Campus dining locations will continue to serve takeout meals only. Please note: 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 or no seating at our locations, we do ask guests to be respectful of the time they spend 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: At this time, Dining Services will be going cashless at many locations. Currently, locations inside The HUB and the Library and Esplanade Starbucks locations are the only locations accepting cash at this time.

Q. Which Dining Locations will be open for the 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.