Transformative renovations of Leo O’Donovan Hall and Hoya Court in the Leavey Center into exciting dining destinations.
Life Works Restaurant Group, which operates restaurant-quality, on-site dining cafés at many Fortune 500 companies, will transform the upper level of Leo’s into LEO|MKT, with rotating retail concepts and menus that will feature a variety of fresh, authentic global cuisines. LEO|MKT will also include Whisk Bakery, which will feature District Doughnuts and Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters. These new retail options will be available to serve all members of our community and visitors throughout the day.
The lower level of Leo’s will transform into the Fresh Food Company, a premier residential dining environment, featuring exhibition cooking, made-to-order fresh, healthy meals with an increased emphasis on allergen dietary management, vegan and vegetarian menus while providing additional halal food options.
We are reimagining Hoya Court to include more meal exchange options and enhance traffic flow and flexible seating options.
"Exhibition cooking" - that's just what every college student wants!
""He has to control the paint. It's not his choice, it's his responsibility, it's his duty, it's his obligation." Bill Walton on Roy Hibbert.
In the year leading up to the dining proposals, Georgetown University Student Association conducted an extensive awareness campaign to encourage students to be involved in the process.
Both finalists presented proposed future dining offerings and meal plan structures at open houses in September for members of the community. In addition, the university held a food forum Oct. 6, the night before the university chose a vendor, to enable students to provide input.
GUSA President Enushe Khan (MSB ’17) said the new exchange options and improved food quality will address significant complaints for students.
“Flexibility, variety and quality were really the big parts that were most needed,” Khan said. “The current all-you-can-eat model of students only being able to eat at one location as their home base, and then essentially having to now [use meal] exchange, was a big problem, and was something frustrating students.”
The decision is the result of yearlong process led by the Office of Auxiliary Business Services’ Request for Proposal Committee, a 30-person working group consisting of six students, including GUSA members.
GUSA Deputy Chief of Staff Garrett Williams (COL ’18), who was on the RFP committee, said the committee visited other nearby college campuses, including the University of Delaware and George Mason University, where Sodexo and Aramark operated respective dining plans in place that were similar to their proposals.
"Reward Hoya Blue. These guys were banging on pots and pans with their shirts off through torrential downpours in an overtime win against Duquesne. That’s the type of spirit that could transform Georgetown into a football school every fall." - The Voice, January 19, 2006