Groundbreaking ceremony held for new UNT dining hall


A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 for the new UNT dining hall.

With a wide variety of cuisine options and the latest in kitchen technology, the new facility will seat 750 people and includes space for a retail operation.

During his remarks, UNT President and self-described “foodie” Neal Smatresk described the new building as an addition to the campus that will “match the innovative spirit of our school.”

The new dining hall is being constructed near UNT's new Welcome Center, west of Avenue A between the Business Leadership Building and Highland Street Garage. It is projected to open in Fall 2020.


About UNT Dining Services

At UNT Dining Services, “It’s About the Food.” We deliver great-tasting food, made fresh daily from whole ingredients at our on-campus kitchens. UNT Dining is the largest self-supported food service department in North Texas. With our 22 retail food shopsfive dining halls, upscale dining restaurant, bakery, and catering department, we serve nearly 5 million meals annually. As the largest employer on campus, Dining Services provides resume-building job opportunities to nearly 1,100 student employees. UNT is recognized as a leader in vegan dining on college campuses. Thanks to the overwhelming success of Mean Greens Café, the nation’s first all-vegan collegiate dining hall, UNT has earned an A+ rating and Dean’s List status on peta2’s Vegan Report Card for five consecutive years (2014-18). Our award-winning food service program is regularly featured in such trade publications as Food Management and FoodService Director magazines. We are also the recipient of the prestigious Loyal E. Horton Award from the National Association of College and University Food Services.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Dining Hall.


Hart Hats and ShovelsPresident Neal Smatresk SpeechPresident Neal Smatresk

Scott Bullock SpeakingPeter Balabuch, Director of Resident Dining, and Sports NutritionistSpeech at the Podium for Groundbreaking Ceremony