Dulany makeover complete
Dust, along with the sounds of hammers and saws, filled the upper floor of Davies Center for most of the fall semester in efforts to restore one of UW-Eau Claire’s dining areas to a more appealing venue.
Now that the dust has settled and the red tape has been cut, The Dulany Inn is sporting a new name and a new look.
The idea to remodel The Dulany, as the restaurant is now called, came about last summer, said the director of University Centers Charles Farrell.
He said the remodeling started just before the beginning of last semester and finished with a grand reopening Jan. 29.
“We did it in bits and pieces so that when school started, we didn’t need to shut down,” Farrell said. “We could have done it more quickly if we closed, but we felt it was in the best interest for the students to stay open.”
The project cost more than $40,000, said Farrell, which covered new flooring, wallpaper and furniture, as well as the removal of the old flooring and wallpaper.
“Facility services did all of the work,” Farrell said. “Construction, painting and wallpapering was all done in-house.”
Garry Prellwitz, food service director for the university, said he has an optimistic outlook for The Dulany.
“Our hope is to increase popularity to this area,” he said, “and add to the variety of dining locations on campus.”
Senior Dean Rich said that despite the newly renovated restaurant, he most likely would not be eating there.
“I don’t eat on campus a lot,” Rich said. “But when I do, looks aren’t that important when deciding where I want to eat. I’d be happy with a table and a chair.”
The Dulany is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It serves a daily buffet, which consists of two meat dishes, a vegetarian entre and various salads and deserts. The buffet costs $6.50 a person and is all-you-can-eat.
“You have your fast food, grab-and-go and traditional cafeteria dining on campus,” Prellwitz said. “(The Dulany) provides a quite, elegant place to dine at an affordable price.”