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Renovation of Krasa Dining Room (Benny's)

In the fall of 2019, Benedictine re-opened its main dining hall, Benny's, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Benny's provides a modern and food-focused dining experience for Benedictine students, faculty/staff, and guests of the university.

Krasa dining hall renovation 1
Food stations and seating meet students upon entry

The most significant change the community has experienced since the opening of Benny's is chef operated custom stations spaced throughout out the existing second floor cafeteria space. The new design offers meal option stations (or "food platforms" ) immediately upon entry to the dining room. Expanded platforms include a robust fresh new Bakery; a Deli with soups and salads; the Grill featuring Middle Eastern selections; Pizza, Pasta and Calzone Hearth; a new varietal Salad Bar; and a Global Station serving seasonal and specialty menus.

A variety of ceiling heights
A variety of ceiling heights create unique seating sections

The entire dining room features a new ceiling, wall and floor treatments with contemporary lighting and a variety of seating options. Booths, community tables and counter seating supplement low-top tables with flexibility for single and group seating.

Booth seating in various locations
Renovation of Krasa Dining Room provides Booth Seating in various locations

Global Stations
Rendering of Global Station to feature Middle Eastern menus

Benny's features a single private dining room better suited for catered meetings and special events. It is designed to seat approximately 90 guests.

Private Dining Room
Private Dining Room with views to Quad and Athletic Fields, Seating 92

Contemporary Lighting and Vaulted Ceilings
Contemporary Lighting and Vaulted Ceilings create an Open and Dynamic Gathering Space


We appreciate your Flexibility and cooperation of the construction now underway. Prior to the holiday, you received a Memo detailing all of the exciting changes ahead - new food platforms, new seating styles, a modern interior design - all meeting your expectations for a vibrant community dining experience. Please follow directional signage at Krasa Center, using the WEST staircase to enter the Dining Room. For elevator accommodation, please contact Marco Masini (x6006) or Bill Reich (x6383). SEATING IS LIMITED AND IN LONG TABLE COMMUNITY-SEATING STYLE.

Floor Plan

MEAL PLAN PARTICIPANTS: Please plan to follow directional signage to access the Dining Room. You will be using the WEST staircase and swipe your card upon entry. You will also be able to participate in a new TO GO program. Please return your container to the cashier, for a fresh one, upon entry (before taking used to dish room). We are monitoring seating capacity and will adjust with overflow dining locations as needed.


Download a pdf copy of the information listed above using the links below:
Krasa Dining Room Announcement    Krasa Dining Room Update