Changes Coming to the Dairy Bar: New Management and Menu
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 19, 2007
When the Dairy Bar closes at the end of the semester as renovation to the
train station continues, it will undergo a transformation of its own. And when
it reopens sometime in February 2008, it will be under new management and have
a whole new look.
UNH Hospitality Services will take the reins from the Thompson School, who
has managed the operation since 1974. The move is an attempt to look at providing
different services to the UNH community as well as train passengers and folks
attending events at the Whittmore Center.
The menu will be more akin to that offered at Panache in Holloway Commons,
with sandwiches and breakfast items made to order and “grab-and-go” items
for visitors on the move. The eat-at counter is going to be removed, new seating
will be added leading into the train station vestibule, and the wait staff
is being replaced with counter help to increase speed.
But don’t worry: the ice cream is staying.
“This is an opportunity for us to better serve the community,” says
David May, assistant vice president of business affairs. “We are excited
about this change and look forward to feedback from the community.”
May noted that Dining Services will work with the Thompson School to provide
students an academic experience through UNH dining and the New England Center.
Current Dairy Bar employees will be offered positions with Dining Services.
The Dairy Bar will remain open through the end of the semester. Construction
will begin during the holiday break and the restaurant will reopen sometime
in February. The new expanded hours will be Monday – Friday from 6:30
a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. From Memorial Day
through Labor Day, the ice cream window will be open Monday – Friday
4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.