New dining options on campus include renovated Depot

Emory Report | Sept. 7, 2016

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The Depot, a campus landmark, reopened this semester as Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co., with an extensive menu and completely redesigned interior.

Emory Dining has made some major changes to venues and dining options for the new semester. In addition, preparations are underway for an interim dining commons space in anticipation of the planned construction of the new Campus Life Center.

Here's a rundown of new dining choices on the Emory campus:

The Depot

Dooley’s Den at The Depot has now become Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. A major renovation over the summer has created an entirely new interior featuring booths, traditional cafe seating and large communal tables. The new interior is online-friendly with amped-up power supplies and multiple access points throughout the dining area, including USB outlets and robust Wi-Fi service.

Food service will be provided by Kaldi’s. In addition to coffees and teas, new hot and cold menu options include Chai French toast, BBQ nachos, pimento cheese soft pretzels, chilaquiles, salads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items will be available.

Chad Sunstein, acting director of Campus Dining Services, says the varied and extensive menu and environment at The Depot may appeal to faculty and staff, as well as students —particularly for weekday or business lunches with friends and colleagues. A “Classics” menu offers Monday through Friday lunch specials for $7.49.

The Depot will continue to be open every day until 2 a.m.

Food trucks

A fourth night of food truck service is being offered this semester at the Clairmont Campus, the Freshman Quad and Harris Hall, in response to students’ requests. Food trucks will now come to these locations Wednesday through Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m.

Strada Napoli Pizza will join the food trucks late nights five times a week on a rotating basis at Asbury Circle and at the Clairmont Campus. This new vendor offers wood-fired pizza.

All food trucks and mobile vendors accept Dooley Dollars, Eagle Dollars, cash and credit cards.                                                                                                                                                               

Farmers Market

The Emory Farmers Market features several new vendors this semester. Honey Bubble will have bubble tea made with Fair Trade teas and local honey. Also new will be Revolution Gelato, producing dairy-free gelatos. The regular weekly schedule for the new academic year kicked off Aug. 23; weather permitting, the Farmers Market will be every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Cox Hall Bridge. More than 15 Farmers Market vendors now accept Dooley Dollars.

Interim dining commons

A number of the campus dining changes are being prompted by the planned construction of the new Campus Life Center. An interim dining commons, dubbed the "DUC-ling" since it will take the place of the Dobbs University Center for meal-plan dining, is being created while the new Campus Life Center is under development. The DUC-ling will be built in the courtyard area in front of the Woodruff PE Center across from the existing DUC building. It will be ready for use in the summer.

School of Medicine Café

To fill the "coffee gap" when the DUC closes after next spring, Kaldi’s has opened a small coffee kiosk inside the School of Medicine's James B. Williams Medical Education Building in the first floor lobby. This kiosk serves espresso beverages, drip coffee and pastries, along with a small variety of other grab-and-go sandwiches and salads. Dooley Dollars, Eagle Dollars, credit or debit can be used at this location.