SPOKANE, Wash. – When Gonzaga University students return to campus for class next week, something will be missing: the Center of Gonzaga (COG) is gone, leaving behind a hole where the new student union building will be built.
In the meantime, campus dining has a new home about one block east of the former COG, inside the Boone Avenue Retail Center, known to Bulldogs as the “BARC.”
Dining Services has already made the move and served around 100,000 meals out of the new kitchen since June. Gonzaga Dining Director Dan Harris said the facility is much more efficient than the old one, and that the word “temporary” is misleading.
“I think people are gonna be pleasantly surprised when they come in, because I hear the comments from the students that are coming back,” Harris said. “And it’s, ‘this is so much more than we expected.’ So they’re really excited and happy about it.”
Beginning next week, The Marketplace at the BARC will serve more than 25,000 meals a week. It will continue to do so for about two years while the new student union building is built.