Goodbye Cafe Belvin, hello Old Main Market

There’s a new dining facility on campus. And it’s big.

The 32,000 sq ft, 600-seating facility boasts nine different food stations, each with unique options readily available for the average student.

“The best thing about this facility is that the food is cooked right there in front of you,” Jimmy Williams, marketing coordinator for SH Dining Services, said.

Old Main Market is a part of Aramark’s Fresh Food Company, which is designed to “meet the needs and preferences of today’s students, faculty and staff that are looking to balance their health, wellness and lifestyle goals.”

“The Fresh Food concept allows for a tremendous amount of variety and innovation,” said Brad Blackburn, Resident District Manager, ARAMARK at Sam Houston State University. “We are very pleased to offer the student body a cutting edge food-service experience with a variety of fresh, healthy food choices served in a fun, comfortable dining environment. ”

The facility opened at the beginning of August.

“This new facility is a great example of honoring our past as the university continues its outstanding progress,” University President Dana Gibson said. “The Old Main Market name pays homage to the past in a facility that provides our students a next generation dining experience. ”

The nine stations include the International Grille; the Mediterranean Grille, which offers hot dishes made on its round, flat, open grill; the Comfort Station, which serves traditional comfort foods; the brick oven, which serves pizza, calzones and baked pastas; a bakery / dessert Station; a produce market / deli and a 24-hour breakfast station, featuring waffles, omelets and cereal.

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