Miami University’s 1809 restaurant gets a makeover this summer complete with renovations and changes to the dining experience in what will become the new One Eight 09.
Looking to modernize an older concept, the Shriver Center conducted surveys and focus groups to learn ways to improve. Comments included the fact that patrons felt the 1809 room was too formal keeping many people from regularly eating at the dining hall.
“The idea of modernizing the concept has been highly anticipated,” Don King, assistant director of Shriver Center, said. “The name, One Eight 09, was chosen because it held on to the tradition of the 1809 room, while still offering a modern spin.”
With this renovation, the goal is to focus first on the food, King added. Soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, as well as a rotation of traditional favorites freshly prepared to order will be available, but with a new twist on the approach to service. Instead of the current full-service style of ordering, guests will place their orders at the register and are given a table number. They then choose their seat and a server will bring the food items to their table. All drinks will be self-serve.
According to King, the service style will allow for much faster meal preparation time, and allow the restaurant to accommodate more guests. One Eight 09 will be open to all faculty, staff, students and the community. Student meal plans will be accepted only during Sunday brunch. Renovations begin this June and will be completed in September. The Shriver Center representatives will be conducting several hard-hat tours with menu sampling. Interested parties should contact King at firstname.lastname@example.org.