The Future: Hot Pockets Ahead

Within seven years, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) will recreate most House dining halls in the image of Eliot and Kirkland.

The renovations will proceed with Lowell and Winthrop--which will share underground facilities--after Commencement 2000. Schedules for the remaining halls are still under consideration, though Leverett House will likely be next.

Just a few months away from their House makeover, staff inWinthrop are worried about what they've heard from friends in Eliot and Kirkland.


"I saw what they did upstairs [in Eliot], and I don't think that they put much planning into it," says a Winthrop chef. "It's tight--everybody's always bumping into each other."

He has seen initial blueprints for Winthrop, and hopes that HUDS will learn from its mistakes. Winthrop and Lowell kitchens are even smaller than those in Eliot and Kirkland, he says.

"I have to deal with it every day, and even if it is not done right, I'm just hoping they learn and don't bring it down here," he adds.

Members of the Lowell general staff share his concerns, and add that they have not been consulted at all.

"Even if we're unhappy about it, they're not going to take any opinions from us," says a Lowell staff member.

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