On-Campus Dining

Bauccio Commons and the Pilot House have been uncharacteristically quiet these past 10 months, with thousands of resident and non-resident students—Bon Appétit’s bread and butter customers—dispersed to their homes around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining on campus provides one of the great shared experiences of students, staff, faculty, priests, and guests, not to mention a connection to Bon Appétit staff, many of whom spent decades feeding their charges with dedication and well-honed culinary skills. Furloughs and layoffs for his staff of 160 were a painful necessity for general manager Kirk Mustain, and with the campus reopening he is reassembling his team (50 employees so far) in anticipation of providing meals for some 850-1,000 students. But how will the Bon Appétit dining experience change in accordance with Pilots Prevent safety procedures?

“We’re starting out with takeout meals only,” says Mustain. “The Pilot House and Anchor will remain closed for now. The main entry to Bauccio Commons will be clearly marked as well as the primary exit. Stanchions have been placed to guide traffic to stations and we will monitor distancing protocols. Diners can use our app to pre-order and pay through touch-and-go at the stations. There won’t be any self-service and we’ve suspended our catering operations. As the COVID pandemic changes over the course of Spring semester we will adapt as well. Nobody wants to dump tons of to-go containers in our landfills.”

Mustain stresses that certain things will not change. “We are staying with our philosophy and standards, absolutely,” he says. “We will provide good food, ethically sourced, with as much locally produced organic products as possible. We will have Mack’s Market [temporarily based in Bauccio Commons this semester] back on a reduced schedule, and we realize that Bauccio Commons is designed not only for meals but also for meetings, study, conversations, hanging out by the fireplace, and other interactions. We want to get back to serving that role for our community as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Once Bauccio Commons reopens to the campus community, diners can look forward to burgers, chicken, vegetarian options, and fries from the grill; international inspired selections from the comfort/global station; taco and pasta bowls; pizza and baked sandwiches and more from the oven station; and premade salads and sandwiches from the ever-popular salad/sandwich station. Bon Appétit will also offer the lifeblood of campus denizens with a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks.

Bauccio Commons Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Breakfast 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Lunch 11a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Dinner 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Café will be available for coffee and grab n go items throughout the day and in between meal periods.
    Grill will open at 11 a.m. and be available all day for hot entrees.

Saturday and Sunday

  • 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Breakfast/brunch 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Dinner 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Café will be available for coffee and grab n go items throughout the day and in between meal periods.
    Grill will open at 11 a.m. and be available all day for hot entrees.

Mack’s Market (Located at salad/sandwich bar, attendants will fill orders)

  • Open daily from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. to mitigate crowding
  • Will be attended, no self-serve
  • All items behind sneeze guards on display for easy identification
  • Refrigerated items such as lunchmeat, cheese, eggs, milk available
  • Will seek student feedback for item selection as we turnover inventory