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UK Opens New Residential Dining Facility Champions Kitchen


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2018) — University of Kentucky Dining is proud to announce the opening of Champions Kitchen. The residential dining venue is located inside the new UK Student Center.

Champions Kitchen is the first space in the Student Center to open as construction continues this spring on the rest of the building. While the remainder of the building is still under construction, access to Champions Kitchen will be limited to one entrance located on the south side of the building facing White Hall Classroom Building and Patterson Office Tower.

The 750-seat Champions Kitchen will offer multiple dining concepts including a scratch bakery, a breakfast station, hand-tossed salad bar and a "worry-free zone" where food is prepared in a gluten-, peanut-, tree nut- and shellfish-free kitchen.

Champions Kitchen — like other UK Dining facilities — will use locally sourced Kentucky Proud produce, meats, cheese and dairy products from producers such as Weisenberger Mills and Marksbury Farm.

Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are all welcome to visit Champions Kitchen for a meal. The dining unit accepts UK meal plans, Flex, Plus Account as well as cash and credit.

"Our hope is that Champions Kitchen will enhance the quality of student life and build community to serve our students, faculty, staff and visitors," said Eric N. Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration.

Champions Kitchen will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.