The long anticipated renovations to Butterfield Dining Hall will begin this fall, but with no immediate impact on the “The Butt’s” meal schedule or the amenities inside the dining hall.
The only noticeable difference for students this fall semester, aside from obvious external construction, will be a rerouted entrance and exit. The standard access point, from Butterfield Road, will be closed. Expansion plans, according to Dining Services Director Steve Mello, include “stretching” the dining hall from the old entrance, further down the length of Butterfield Road in the direction of freshman circle.
Students will be asked to enter from the opposite side of the building, toward Bressler Hall and the Memorial Union, through the doors and down the stairs to the backside of the small lobby before the dining room’s doors.
Students will be exit through the emergency exit doors onto Butterfield Road closer to Browning Hall.
It will not be until the spring semester that students will be affected, as construction will move inside the building and the facility will close completely. According to Mello, the slack will be picked up by Mainfare Dining Hall, which will open for breakfast, and by the Ram’s Den, which will reopen for dinner as a regular dining hall with many of Butterfield’s most popular meals, allowing those with meal plans to swipe in for full access.
Mello also said Dining Services’ new Grab-N-Go feature will help keep student dining easy and accessible while Butterfield undergoes changes. Starting this fall, students with either the Plus or Premium meal plans will be able to take lunch on the road from Ram’s Den, Ram Escape, or Rhody Market.
Construction will continue through the summer and Mello is hopeful that students will see “the new Butterfield” next fall. “It will be a much more inviting dining area,” he said. Â Approximately 200 more seats, upgraded restrooms, new tables and seating, new service stations, a larger lobby to keep visitors out of the weather and an updated look and feel that will “bring it in line with Hope.”
But Mello stressed that for this fall, students will still have access to all that they love about Butterfield, albeit from a different entrance.