The New Dining Hall
“With God, all things are possible.”
~ St. Rita of Cascia, Augustinian Saint of Impossible Causes
The largest project this summer was the renovation of the dining hall. I’m pleased to report that it will be ready for the opening of the school year next Monday. I quoted St. Rita of Cascia above, Patron Saint of Impossible Causes, because it was looking iffy there for a little bit. The Reader’s Digest version of the story is that, as a result of new plumbing regulations, we were required to install a very large grease interceptor – approximately the size of a conference room – under the roadway. And naturally, both metaphorically and literally, we hit ledge in the exact spot we had to install it. Because of its proximity to the building and minor things like gas lines, blasting was not option. So, for the better part of four weeks, excavators were drilling and hammering the ledge out of there.
Despite being thrown a major curve ball, we prevailed because of the dedication of the contractors who are part of the Austin Prep family. In addition to Pimentel Construction, the general contractor for the project, there were several other vendors who are alumni and past parents, and they care deeply for Austin Prep. These folks worked 12-hour days for nearly a month and mobilized every resource at their disposal to get the job done. I’m convinced I’d be writing a very different letter right now if not for the unwavering dedication of Tony Pimentel P’99, P’01 and Matt Pimentel ’01.
St. Rita came through for us and the new dining hall and main lobby are extraordinary. As one parent who saw the space remarked, “you took Austin Prep from a high school to a prep school.” The renovation has transformed the space to a center of community worthy of our heritage. I look forward to greeting you there at some point in the very near future. The ribbon cutting and blessing will take place on Monday, September 10th right before the first lunch and Father Patrick Armano, School Chaplain, will offer the blessing.
Sage Dining Services
Our partner, Sage Dining Services, spent much of the summer preparing menus, purchasing equipment, and hiring staff. As promised, the menu is focused on healthy nutrition. You can take a look at what’s been planned on the menu for the next several weeks by clicking here. I encourage you to download the Sage Dining Service app, Touch of Sage. It’s user friendly, has several filtering options, and available on both iTunes and Google Play. Both lunch options and after-school snacks are incorporated in the menus.
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