When the ARCH reopens in January 2014, the area that used to be the CREST room will be occupied by Chef Rick Bayless's first East Coast outpost of Tortas Frontera. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on it first, but the news was very quickly picked up by national news organizations and food news sites alike:
- The Latin Kitchen
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- Philadelphia Magazine
- City Paper
- Crain's Chicago Business
If you want a sneak peek at what you can expect, check out the menu from the O'Hare airport location. Chef Bayless will be working with Bon Appétit to source as many local ingredients as possible. We're hungry already!
Read the Daily Pennsylvanian article published on Friday, September 26, 2012.
Thanks to the $15 million gift from an anonymous donor in May 2011, work has begun on the renovation of the ARCH building.
The building occupants moved out just after commencement. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) has temporarily located to office space at 220 South 40th Street, near the Dental School (and above Ben and Jerrys). The three cultural centers--- Makuu, Pan Asian American Community House (PAACH), and La Casa Latina--- are in offices in 240 Houston Hall (on the second floor).
The goals of the project include preserving Arts, Research, and Culture as the foundation of the buildings program and to create new and better space for the centers housed in the ARCH and creating new social and programming space that will bring even more students into the building.
The project is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2014.
Check back here for news and updates about the ARCH renovation project.
It's been a week and a half since move-out and all the centers are settling into their new locations. It's a change, certainly, but we're glad that the ARCH is getting a much-needed refit.
Move Out Photos
The Centers are filling boxes and getting ready for Moving Day! It won't be long before construction starts. Keep watching this page for information on where each Center will be during the renovation.