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GW to renovate Pelham Commons this summer

Kaiden Yu | Staff Photographer
The Pelham Commons in West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus

The University will renovate The Eatery at Pelham Commons, the dining hall located in the basement of West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus, to add more stations and food options this summer.

University spokesperson Julia Metjian said updates to the Pelham dining space will begin in May and are expected to be completed before the start of the fall semester. She said the renovation is part of GW’s “ongoing dining implementation” efforts, following the transition from a Dining Dollars program to a meal swipe program in spring 2023 and the openings of a Thurston and Shenkman hall dining spaces in October 2022 and January 2023, respectively. 

“The servery in Pelham will be refreshed to allow for more stations and more options for students to better align with the offerings of Thurston and Shenkman,” Metjian said in an email. 

Officials will update Pelham Commons to provide the “visual appeal” and “extended offerings” that are already available at dining spaces on the Foggy Bottom campus, according to GW Dining’s news page. The page states that officials will build a “Just-Walk-Out Market” on the Vern to allow students to access food during all hours and days of the week.

Officials last renovated the Pelham dining hall in summer 2018 when officials transitioned the space into an all-you-can-eat buffet-style venue. 

Alex Tapia, a first-year majoring in international affairs, said she lives on the Vern but travels to Foggy Bottom frequently because the dining hall food options are more nutritious. 

“The quality of food at Pelham, there is a severe lack of quality protein and produce that I feel are essential in my diet, so I have to go too far for those things,” Tapia said.

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