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Pritchett Continues to Experience Delays in Opening

Sharon N. Young Pong--The Tech
Renovations to Pritchett Snack Bar, which is on the second floor of Walker Memorial, are expected to conclude soon. Pritchett will boast a '50s-style dining facility and a late-night convenience store.

By Jennifer Lane
Staff Reporter

Three months after the Pritchett Snack Bar was originally scheduled to open, there is still no definite opening date for the renovated diner-style facility, according to District Manager of Aramark Food Services Rob McBurney.

The delays are caused by the fact that Walker Memorial is a very old building, and "there are a lot of surprises behind the walls," McBurney said.

Though Aramark, formerly called ARA, is ready to stock Pritchett with food, detail work still needs to be completed, McBurney said. For example, the fire alarms and light fixtures need to be installed, he said.

Students have been dealing with Pritchett's delays since the beginning of the term, said East Campus President Parag Gupta '95. Students are "somewhat annoyed, but they understand that delays like this are to be expected," he said.

When complete, Pritchett will be "two stores in one," McBurney said. The '50s-style diner will be open for dinner on weekdays and lunch and dinner on weekends. The food will be cooked to order, he said.

Pritchett's hot food service will close after meals while the convenience store will remain open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., McBurney said.

The color scheme for Pritchett was taken from the original floor, which was retained, McBurney said. There will be '50s-style bar stools and a pool table, he said. "It's really a fun place."

Students consulted in decisions

Aramark decided to renovate Pritchett last summer after students protested its closure last September, Gupta said.

The student effort to reopen the facility had an effect on the administration, and they committed to satisfying the needs and addressing the complaints on east campus, Gupta said. Members of the administration met with students to discuss Pritchett's new look, and the '50s-style diner was decided upon, Gupta said.

Since the project began last year, Pritchett's menu has "been in a state of flux" with student input being taken into consideration, Gupta said. The menu will feature frappes and grilled items that have been popular on the east side of campus, McBurney said. The convenience store will be stocked with high-selling items similar to those at the MacGregor House Convenience store, he said.

Pritchett will be managed by a team of students and will only require about seven employees at a time to keep it running, McBurney said.

"Students are very happy with the way the administration has been getting student input and actually using that input to shape Pritchett," Gupta said. "It's been a pleasure to work with" the administration, he said.