E-T Staff Report

Tarleton State University will host the official grand opening of its new dining hall from 2:30 - 4 p.m. Thursday. The Tarleton and Stephenville communities are welcome to the event and will be provided with refreshments and tours of the facility.

The 42,000-square-feet structure replaced the original dining hall constructed in 1928, and features buffet lines with various cuisines and a salad bar. The two-story facility also features a convenience store, executive meeting rooms and a cafe with a wireless network. It opened to the public in August.

“We invite all of the Stephenville community to come and tour our new dining hall,” said Dr. Wanda Mercer, vice president for student life. “It is a beautiful facility and it provides a wonderful variety of dining and seating options for our students.”

The dining hall is located on Vanderbilt Street, behind the Barry B. Thompson Student Center. For more information, contact the student life office at (254) 968-9081.