The Atrium Receives Redesign for Fall Semester

Photo by Nicole Williams

Over the summer, Ramapo College renovated the Atrium on the lower level of the Student Center, updating the cafe with a modern design to give it an open feel and a bright and welcoming atmosphere.

With the Atrium’s new operating hours (open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and closed Sunday) it has become much more accommodating to busy students.

The eating and lounge area has also been updated. Now it includes additional tables, with wooden tables that make it possible for big groups to enjoy a meal together.

More outlets and counter space have been added, which is useful for students who like to eat and study. It is also a practical addition for commuters.

Even students new to Ramapo said they appreciate the upgrade.

“It just looks nice and the food is like a really good quality,” said freshman Anna Bradley. “We just got a good first impression when we came in here.”

The changes made this past summer were more than purely aesthetic. Sodexo, the dining service at Ramapo, has introduced brand new meal options and updated old staples.

The Grillworx now has a hefty menu of delicious burgers and chicken dishes, along with offering breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Grillworx, like other Atrium venues, offers large portions, and much healthier meal and vegan options.

New selections can also be found in the Roadrunner Deli and authentic Mexican Taqueria. One of the most popular updates has been the addition of the Mein Bowl. Mein Bowl offers fresh sushi and other Asian-inspired dishes, made both fresh and ready to go.

“It can get a bit crazy in there on weekdays, but the tempura shrimp roll from Mein Bowl is worth it,” joked sophomore Megan Maddalena as she picked up some sushi.

Senior Jenn Ovalles is one of many students to express a positive reaction to the new Atrium.

“Such an upgrade from the old Atrium,” commented Ovalles. “There are so many more options now: Thai, burritos, hard and soft tacos, bowls of noodles. And 'Big Breakfast'? It’s the best meal of the day with hash, eggs, pancakes and meat all for four dollars!”

The general response to the new Atrium has mirrored Ovalles' sentiment.

“I look forward to seeing what else they do,” added Ovalles. “But for now the selections are perfect and affordable.”