Hacker's Restaurant Opening Set For Fall
to open in early fall
By Lakshmana Rao
The new restaurant proposed by ARA for the first floor of the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center is scheduled to open by early fall, according to Alan Leo, general manager of food services.
The restaurant, which will be called Hacker's, is to replace the Networks restaurant and is designed to be a "comfortable place for students to come and have a meal, and would have a broad range of menu items at low prices," Leo said.
The introduction of Hacker's was part of the food service proposal from ARA, which in late May was awarded the contract to provide food services at MIT under the new "profit-and-loss" system.
Hacker's will serve individual-size Pizza Hut Express pizzas along with a range of appetizers, grilled items and other regular entries. ARA is considering replacing the pizza station in Lobdell Court, Itza Pizza, with a
new food option such as a pasta corner.
Hacker's is scheduled to operate every day, from 11 am to 11 pm. Currently, ARA is exploring with other restaurants the possibility of providing a wider range of late-night meal plan services. The present arrangement with Domino's Pizza that allows students to order Domino's delivery and pay for it with their meal cards will continue to operate under the new contract.
Leo said that even though they are introducing the new space with certain broad concepts and ideas, they are very flexible in terms of the details of services and products that will be offered at Hacker's. Leo proposes to work closely with the representatives of the Undergraduate Association and to get feedback on the proposed services through a campus-wide marketing survey to be conducted early in the fall.
Currently architects are working out the layout for Hacker's. Leo said that the renovations are going to be minor, with only a few changes in the front counter. The basic seat plan of the existing Networks will be retained, he added.