UofL-Aramark partnership to bring new dining options, expanded facilities for students




    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Several new dining options, expanded hours and renovated facilities for students will be on the menu at the University of Louisville beginning this fall.

    UofL’s long-term partnership with Aramark will provide expanded dining services on its Belknap and Health Science campuses, including student-athlete training table meals and enhanced meal plan options for students.

    “This partnership will transform the UofL dining experience and ensure high-quality, reasonably priced food options to accommodate the needs of our students, faculty and staff,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “More important, Aramark is partnering with us to ensure that dining services will play a key role as we continue to grow and improve our students’ housing and campus life experiences now and in the future.”

    “Aramark is extremely proud to partner with UofL,” said Mark Nelson, president of Aramark’s Higher Education division. “We look forward to helping the university continue its campus transformation by enhancing the living and learning experience and environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

    A campus-wide committee of students, faculty, and staff selected Aramark from several companies as part of a competitively bid process. Aramark’s proposal includes significant investment and substantial enhancements immediately; additional offerings will come online as part of the renovation of the Swain Student Activities Center that is expected to be complete by fall 2018.

    Plans are underway for new or redesigned dining options in the renovated Swain Student Activities Center and other venues on both campuses, including new and improved residential and student-athlete training dining and the addition of popular restaurants, convenience stores and coffee shops.

    Aramark will meet with current employees in coming weeks to ensure smooth transition and uninterrupted service.

    Highlights of the partnership include:

    • new and expanded venues on the Belknap and Health Sciences campuses
    • more than 22,000 square feet of new or redesigned dining space in the renovated Swain Student Activities Center
    • more dining and late-night options on the west side of Belknap Campus near the Student Recreation Center and many of the residence halls
    • expanded meal plan offerings
    • additional faculty and staff discounts
    • continued commitment to Kentucky Proud local purchasing
    • student scholarships and a student hiring and training program.

    Popular on-campus restaurants McAllister’s, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Subway and Papa John’s will remain and, in some cases, be expanded.

    “This is exciting news,” said Victoria Allen, Student Government Association president and member of the dining contract review committee. “The university and Aramark listened to our needs and have entered an agreement that will significantly improve the campus experience for our students. I’m particularly pleased that they will be expanding options for our students at the Health Sciences Center, and that they are committed to using locally produced foods and offering healthy options for our students.”

    For more information, contact John Drees at the University of Louisville, 502-852-6739 or john.drees@louisville.edu, or Karen Cutler at Aramark, 215-238-4063 or cutler-karen@Aramark.com.



    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.