The renovated 14,000-sq.ft. McMahon Dining Center at the University of Connecticut features a 5,000-sq.ft. addition that connects two residence hall towers and has a glass curtain wall while overlooking campus foliage where students can dine and gather. The dining component features an international theme and emphasizes display cooking.
One of eight residential dining units on the Storrs campus, McMahon, first opened in 1964, underwent a $9 million renovation that expanded its size to 9,500 sq.ft. and increased seating from 374 to about 530. Its “open kitchen” concept focuses on meals prepared in the dining area where customers can watch and interact with the chefs. Two tandoori ovens have been installed for the preparation of specialties popular in India and other countries.
Also, all areas except the salad bar and deli have a “small plate” approach in which diners select a variety of items for a chance to try various dishes.
The servery layout has been specially designed to allow easy circulation between the stations and the seating areas where a combination of lounge and café-style seating is available. Flexible furniture and a section that evokes a homey "living room" promote a convivial atmosphere.(Photography provided by University of Connecticut Dining Services. Used with permission.)