Late night dining services return to Crossroads and Foothill

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Cal Dining made the decision to return late night food services this summer because of student demand, according to campus spokesperson Adam Ratliff.

Late night will be available at the Crossroads dining hall Tuesday through Saturday starting Sept. 4 and at the Foothill dining commons Thursday through Monday starting Sept. 6 — both from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

“We are listening to our student customers and working to better meet their needs,” Ratliff said in an email.

Late night food services were limited, not entirely discontinued, as part of campus’s “budget improvement strategy” to reduce costs last year, according to Ratliff. Operating hours for The Den — Crossroads’ residential retail attachment — however, were extended from 10 p.m. to midnight that year.

Crossroads previously offered late night services weekdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., after regular dinner at 9 p.m., while Foothill stayed open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. after dinner at 8 p.m.

Campus junior Tara Nash created a Facebook post Friday about the return of late night in the UC Berkeley Memes for Edgy Teens group. The post has received more than 1,000 comments and 900 reactions, including likes, loves and wows, as of press time.

Reflecting on her past late night experiences, Nash said there were times she had to wait for 20 minutes in lines that went out the dining hall doors. She said she liked that late night at the dining halls added variety to other late night options, since restaurants such as Taco Bell and Artichoke Basille’s Pizza can be “boring.”

Nash said she hopes people are more respectful of the dining staff. She added that late night was a great place for people to socialize or reward themselves after studying, but people would be disrespectful and leave their trash behind.

“I’m super stoked,” Nash said. “I miss those mozzarella sticks. I also need to find freshman friends with meal points.”

As an ASUC senator, Stephen “furry boi” Boyle said he hopes to turn late night into a “social hub.” He plans to work with Cal Dining to add more features, such as giving campus’s aspiring artists the option to perform for students who come to late night to eat, complete work and socialize, he added.

Boyle organized a protest in support of late night entitled “A Peacefully Belligerent Protest for the Rebirth of Late Night” in April, when services were still limited. More than 400 people were interested in the event, though rain resulted in its cancellation, Boyle said.

“I’m very happy,” Boyle said. “When I found out that late night was gone, I was very disappointed because I felt like Cal was taking … a big part of what Cal was.”

Alyssa Bernardino is the lead city government reporter. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @alybernardino.