Auburn University – Village Dining

The Village Community houses eight residence halls that offer apartment-like living for 2,300 students. West View Dining at The Village, commonly known as Village Dining, was designed to meet the needs of a diverse customer base and varying traffic levels. The Village offers a wide variety of spaces, unique concepts, and hometown favorites to enhance the dining experience on campus.

Research shows that students who spend more time on campus perform better academically, graduate sooner, and enjoy richer interactions. Students who eat on campus, enjoying time in the community with peers and professors, rather than eating alone or at home, are far more likely to succeed in college life. Auburn implemented a required dining participation program that enables students to purchase meals with a declining balance student card at all on-campus venues.

The venues at Village Dining include separate a la carte and all-you-care-to-eat serving areas, after-hours grill, coffee bar, and convenience store. The project also includes central production for several retail satellites with kettles and a blast chiller for soup production, a cold food commissary, a central bakery, and bulk storage areas. The foodservice areas are approximately 27,200-square-feet.

The C-store offers items such as Icees and nachos, while the food court has signature pizzas, made-to-order pasta, sandwiches, tossed salads with specialty glazes, fresh vegetables, entrees, rice, and noodle bowls. The Tiger Zone delivers a restaurant experience by providing selections from the grill, pizza, deli, entree, salad & action stations in an all-you-care-to-eat style of dining. It also serves student-athletes a wide variety of foods prepared by various cooking methods (steaming, braising, grilling, etc.) conducive to a training table for each sport.


Location: Auburn, AL
Opening Date: September 2009
Peak Meal Volume: 1400
Final Equipment Cost: $2,600,000


New Dining Center
Central Production
Athletic Training Table
Coffee Shop

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