The University of Illinois Breaks Ground on the Illinois Street Residential Dining Facility

After years of planning for the renovation, the University of Illinois Dining Services team anxiously awaits the fall 2020 opening of the Illinois Street Residential Dining Center. This 1,385-seat, two-level dining facility, one of the largest in the nation, features nine micro-restaurants, a tea bar and mini-market. To learn more about this leading-edge dining renovation,…

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Sparty’s Market Opens at Michigan State University

One of Bakergroup’s latest projects, Sparty’s Market, opened in time to welcome thousands of Michigan State Spartans back to campus for the new academic year. This popular and trendy new ‘hot spot’ on campus features a grocery store, Starbucks®, apparel store, and administrative offices. One of the Market’s primary goals is to provide fresh and healthy meal options for on-the-go students. To achieve this goal, Sparty’s includes a full deli and grill and provides products from numerous local businesses. To learn more about Sparty’s Market click here to read Food Management’s article, “Michigan State Opens Urban-style Grocery Store.”

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How Design Impacts Customer Loyalty

Foodservice hospitality operators understand there are several important factors that play a key role in brand development and the creation of a devoted customer base. The more obvious factors include consistent quality food, dependable service, and a perceived value for the dollar. One influencer that is not as obvious is the restaurant ambiance. According to…

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