Photo from the 1985 Agromeck
Looking back in history, the Atrium received its last major renovation in the summer of 1985. Formerly, a mouthful– Erdahl-Cloyd Annex of the D.H. Hill Library–the food court has transitioned over the years into the Atrium Annex and then, simply, the Atrium.
The 1985 renovation transformed the Brickyard dining facility into the Atrium we know today over the summer months from April to August. Upon its grand opening, August 30, the new Atrium combined the Annex Snack Bar and Sir Bradley’s. The renovation greatly expanded the space and upgraded the seating area from 250 to 300. New features included decorative lighting, elevated sections, and seated and walk-up areas.
Former Atrium restaurants included the Annex Snack Bar, Sir Bradley’s, and Sunrise Creamery. Breakfast items included an assortment of breakfast biscuits and juices. Lunch and dinner options included an extensive salad bar, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, French fries, a soup counter, hamburgers, and a deli-line with homemade breads.
The Sunrise Creamery served NC State Ice Cream (branded Howling Cow Ice Cream in 2009). The Creamery, a nod to the former brand name, is now located in the West Wing of the library and features ice cream scoops, sundaes, shakes, cookies, milk, soft drinks, and Wolfpack-to-Go items.
The biggest change during the former renovation transformed the service style into a station-style service area , allowing customers to enter the area they want without waiting in a traditional line. The new renovations will take that even further, with even more of a food-court feel.
In 1985, to serve patrons in the Atrium’s absence, mobile hot dog carts were put in place along with special-event trailers to maintain continued service. The 2010 renovation however, will be done in phases to ensure more robust food service to ensure students can still get their Chick-fil-A sandwich or a Li’l Dinos sub before the new concepts open in January 2011.
“The new dining areas are being built to provide the campus with a more attractive and efficient dining and snacking operation,” said Walt Barkhouse, ’85 Director of Operations for University Dining. Twenty-six years later, the same holds true. The new Atrium will be more attractive, more efficient, but most importantly very tasty!