Brody Square is the latest Michigan State University dining hall to make the transition from typical college cafeteria to fourmet food court.
After a 15-month, the 975-seat dining hall will reopen this week with 9 venues of cuisines from around the world. The miriad of choices comes with healthy eating in mind.
"Students wanted fresher food, what they perceive as fresh," said Bruce Haskell, MSU's associate director of culinary services. "Healthy options, and variety. But make no mistake, they still like their hamburgers and their pizza."
Situated in the middle of freshman dorms, the new Brody Square will welcome new students this week, but Haskell wouldn't be surprized if the new building became a destination spot for the whole MSU community.
"I live on the completely other side of campus, but I'll make the venture over here for all these different options," said Sophomore Paul Kelly, Jr.
Haskell says the combination of Brody's location and its new food options might make it a hot piece of campus real estate.
"Upperclassman will want to stay in Brody or move to Brody," said Haskell. "A desreable location on the perimeter of campus with parking may not be something the students percieve as positive when they want to integrate into campus life."
Haskell said if more renovations like this are made, students would be more likely to keep living in dorms.
"I believe that it will draw students. We hope that it will make students stay in the halls, because retaining students in the halls is in our best interest, the university's best interest," said Haskell.
Brody will serve any MSU student with a meal plan and is not exclusive to just those living in Brody.