Fall Dining Updates

Dining Update- November 12

Campus Center Nikos Cafe 

Out of an abundance of caution and under direction from the Albany County Department of Health, UAlbany Dining has closed the Campus Center’s Niko’s Café for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester (effective 11/12/20, 4pm) after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Any employees with potential exposure have been instructed to quarantine for two weeks from last date of contact. Niko’s has been deep cleaned and sanitized for safety.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and employees is our highest priority. If you have any questions, please email dining@albany.edu.

Dining Update- November 4

Campus Center Starbucks 

Out of an abundance of caution and under direction from the Albany County Department of Health, UAlbany Dining has temporarily closed the Campus Center’s Starbucks after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 last week. During the closure, Starbucks has been deep cleaned and sanitized for safety. The Albany County Department of Health has stated there is no identifiable exposure risk to customers. Any employees with potential exposure have been instructed to quarantine for two weeks from last date of contact.

To help alleviate the inconvenience of this temporary staffing disruption, Starbucks will shift operations to the East Café (across from Fountain Grill) starting Thursday, November 5 at 9am. The hours of operation will be M-F, 9am - 3:30pm. All Starbucks orders must be placed on the GET FOOD app and picked up at East Café. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and employees is our highest priority. If you have any questions, please email dining@albany.edu.

Starbucks Transition to East Cafe
The Campus Center Starbucks location is currently closed and will shift operations to the East Café (across from Fountain Grill) starting Thursday, 11/5 at 9am. All Starbucks orders must be placed on the GET FOOD app and picked up at East Café.

518 Market has extended hours of operation:
M-Th, 8AM-10PM
Friday: 8AM-9:30PM
Saturday: 10AM-6PM
Sunday: 10AM-6PM

View full hours of operation here.


 

Dining Update- October 5


 

Residential Dining Transition- September 21

Based on the number of students currently on campus, usage of the residential dining rooms and requests for greater variety, UAlbany Dining has moved all dining operations to the Campus Center. Indian and State Quad dining programs have transitioned to Campus Center retail, and students on a myGreatDane Meal Plan were transitioned to the myFlex Meal Plan.

More details are available about the dining transition to retail on the webinar video below. 

 
 

 

 
Some other quick points:
  • Kosher meals will continue to utilize the same online ordering process, pickup at 518 Market
  • The allergen-free zone, Simple Servings, is offered at Star Ginger
  • Download GET Food app (App Store, Google Play) to preorder for pick-up at retail dining venues to avoid lines

 

Meal Plans

Students on a myGreatDane #1 meal plan have transitioned to myFlex #2 and students on a myGreatDane #2 meal plan have transitioned to myFlex #1. 

Migration: On Monday, September 21, all myGreatDane Meal Plan holders will migrate to a myFlex Meal Plan. myGreatDane Meal Plan #1 holders will  migrate to a myFlex Meal Plan #2.myGreatDane Meal Plan #2 holders will  migrate to a myFlex Meal Plan #1.This migration is automatic. Calculations. On Monday, September 21, 1/3 of the semester will have lapsed. ll meals eaten at the residence dining rooms will be deducted from Discount Dollars using the     60% discount rate =                          $3.58 Breakfast                             $5.16 Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Late Night                            $6.60 Kosher mealsAll remaining Discount Dollars will be available to spend at retail venues at the Campus  Center at 30% and 50% off (depending on locations. Students can check their fund balances on the CBORD Mobile app or by going online to www.ualbanyid.com.

 
Sample Calculation: 
(Unique to each student)
 
  Breakfasts BL/L/D/LT  Retail Discount  Total 
myGreatDane Plan #1 Usage 20 48 $41.67  
myFlex Discount Dollar Price
(60% off door rate when using DD)
$3.58 $5.16 $0.00  
Discount Dollar Adjustment
Total Spent
$71.60 $247.68 $41.67 $360.95
      myFlex #2 Starting Balance $1090.00
      Adjusted Starting Balance on 9/21 $729.05       67%
  

 

Retail Dining

  • Up to $500 in Discount Dollars can be added per semester on a myFlex plan.
  • Discount Dollars will rollover from fall to spring and expire in the spring.
  • It's discouraged to use Discount Dollars in vending and for packaged goods.
  • As in other areas of the campus, students are required to wear a mask, except those eating at a table.
     

Hours of Operation 

Updated dining hours of operation for Sept. 21-Nov. 25 
 

FAQs

Why Transition Now?
  • Student and parent feedback regarding variety
  • Number of students on campus/using the facilities
  • Increased opportunity for social distancing
A transition to retail will allow: 
  • Flexibility to eat where desired.
  • Preordering for pick-up on GET Food app. Avoiding lines for safety and convenience.
  • Increased variety.
  • Over 120,000 sq.ft. of space at Campus Center. 
  • Menu items offered at a 30% and 50% discount for meal plan holders using Discount Dollars.
Lines and Crowds
  • Since the beginning of the semester there have been minimal crowds in all locations.
  • Please utilize the GET Food app for preordering.
  • There is limited seating, so most students do not stay. 
Breakfast Hours 
  • Counts from residential and retail indicate limited customers before 8:30am.
  • We will continue to monitor counts and feedback.
  • Breakfast options: Fountain Grill Breakfast, Nikos, Corner Deli Bagel, Starbucks, and 518 Market.
Spending
  • Blend visits of 50% and 30% venues.
  • Usage Guide at ualbanydining.com
  • Check fund balances regularly on CBORD app or online (www.ualbanyid.com).
 
Nutrition and Special Diets
  • Campus nutritionist, Donna Duffy, is a free service available to all students on a meal plan.
  • Allergen/gluten free station, Simple Servings, moved to retail (at Star Ginger) - 50% off.
  • Allergens, GF, vegan/vegetarian, halal and kosher menu item lists are posted at each venue.
  • Halal meat available at Halal Shack, Baba's Pizza and 518 Market.
  • Kosher meals will follow the same online ordering process with pick-up at Campus Center.

Contact

For questions or comments please contact UAlbany Dining at dining@albany.edu