Sacred Heart University's newest dining hall, JP's Diner, is a '50s-style diner and the first on-campus diner in all of New England. Named for SHU President John J. Petillo, JP’s is located on SHU's newly-constructed Upper Quad, between the William H. Pitt Athletic and Convocation Center and Pioneer Park.
“Having a diner on campus is just another unique aspect of our University,” said Petillo. "This retro eatery will not only nourish our students with delicious, hearty meals, but it will provide them with fun and entertainment. It will also give them a chance to unwind and meet with friends before getting back to their studies and extra-curricular activities.”
The ’50s- and ’60s-themed diner will offer a variety of food options for students in a fun, unique setting. JP’s will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu will contain about 25 to 30 classic diner items including burgers, patty melts and club sandwiches. Dessert options will include delicious pies, ice cream, cheesecake and, of course, milkshakes, a diner staple. JP's will use dining dollars, offer a take-out menu and will stay open until 3 a.m. on weekends.
The eatery will feature jukeboxes to play up the retro-diner spirit, and plans call for the installation of a big screen tv to showcase vintage black and white movies. The diner seats approximately 110 people inside and 40 people outside.
According to Mark Tammone, resident district manager of Chartwells Dining Services, “We are committed to hiring students as servers, bussers, hosts and possibly cooks. There will be a student management program as well.” Applications are currently being accepted.
For hours of operation, visit https://www.dineoncampus.com/SHU
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