The Law School’s student lounge received a major upgrade this summer, and has reopened as Zime, “a bistro with a twist.”
Replacing the wall of vending machines is a full-service kitchen, where fresh sandwiches, salads, and soups are made. There is also a variety of hot entrees, pastries, and ethically sourced coffee.
The old lockers and cinder block walls are gone in favor of wainscoting and pendant lights. The naugahyde is being replaced by elegant tables and booths (to arrive mid-September) and all is accented by glass partitions that separate the dining room from the lounge.
The dining room is open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, and students have 24/7 access to the lounge and hidden vending machines and microwaves.
The College’s new food service vendor, Sodexo, handled the renovations. The project was completed, from design to food service, in just over two months and opened for business the first day of class.
First reactions on the Law School’s Facebook page were enthusiastic, including, “WOW!” “Looks terrific!” and “Long overdue.”
Checking out the new facility on the first day of classes and making subsequent visits since then, Steve Saxe, a 3L from Grand Rapids, Mich., was suitably impressed.
“I like the décor a lot better,” he said. “I’m happy with it; it looks nice and the food and the coffee are great.”
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