SHU to Host Ribbon Cutting for ’50s-Style Diner, JP’s

News Story: October 12, 2017

Sacred Heart University will host a ribbon cutting for JP’s Diner, the newest dining hall on campus, on Monday, October 16, at 11 a.m. JP’s will be the first on-campus diner in all of New England. It will provide students with plenty of food options and employment opportunities.

Mark Tammone, resident district manager of Chartwells Dining Services, said “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. Positions at the diner will be filled first, followed by jobs in the University’s other dining halls.

Named for SHU President John J. Petillo, JP’s is located between the William H. Pitt Center and Pioneer Park. As is tradition with all the dining areas on campus, members of the Student Government came up with the name. The diner seats approximately 110 people inside and 40 people outside. It will accept dining dollars, offer a take-out menu and will stay open until 3 a.m. on weekends.

“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 more food options for students in a fun, unique setting. Tammone said 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 will be served, and Tammone said patrons can expect to enjoy pies, ice cream, cheesecake and, of course, milkshakes, a diner staple.

Once open, 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.

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