Bye bye Boomers: 1851 living up to expectations

By Brian Cohen – 1851 Staff


1851 cartoon
Illustration by Tom Baker

The multi-purpose food station, The 1851, has been open for almost a month in the Arnow Campus Center after updating its location and name.

The 1851 provides a dining hall alternative and a late night option for students and staff on campus. The venue serves classic meals such omelettes, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. Students can also make their order a combo by pairing their meal with a variety of sides. Seating in the campus center has been expanded and allows students and faculty to meet with friends or work on an assignment while enjoying their food.

So far, it seems to be a popular spot for students to congregate in the evenings based on the long lines at the counter.

My experience at the The 1851 has been nothing but positive. The portions are perfect and the meals are affordable. The meal equivalency option allows students to purchase anything up to $7.99 with a meal swipe and pay the difference with dining dollars after 8 p.m. For instance, if I am paying for my $8.49 buffalo chicken tender wrap combo with my meal swipes, I only pay $.50 with my dining dollars. This option helps students save dining dollars instead of burning through them in the first month of the semester.

The location of The 1851 is also ideal. It is located in the North quad which is one of the main living areas on campus. Students can now walk across the quad to get their late night food or early morning breakfast instead of going across campus to Valentine Dining Hall. I am glad that I no longer have to walk halfway across campus in inclement weather to grab a bagel in the morning or a wrap or quesadilla in the evening.

When it comes to the overall quality of the food, portions, affordability and accessibility, The 1851 gets check marks in all the boxes, and hopefully it’s a place that’s here to stay for much longer.

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