Renovated Jones Dining Center offers community new dining options

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
September 7, 2016

Texas State University officially unveiled the newly renovated Jones Dining Center on campus September 7.

The near-complete overhaul of the facility began in December 2014, resulting in a dining space that is vibrant and modern. The interior has a seating capacity of 700, with the new, outdoor terraces on the east side of the building accommodating another 128. The building’s area of approximately 44,000 square feet remains unchanged, but was significantly reconfigured by moving the kitchen area to the basement. This more efficient use of space opened the dining area up, creating a more enjoyable experience for diners.  

The new Jones will also feature a variety of meal vendors to choose from:

  • Panda Express: Fast-casual American Chinese cuisine
  • Cheeburger Cheeburger: 1950s-style burgers, fries and shakes
  • Woods St. Pizza: Pizza and pasta
  • Asado: Latin-inspired cuisine
  • Wing It: Chicken tenders and wings with 10 varieties of sauce
  • Create: Hot and cold sandwiches and soups

Additionally, Jones features the first Dunkin Donuts location in San Marcos on the basement level, with street access independent of the main dining area.  

Other notable changes to Jones include enhanced accessibility, a new two-story north entrance with a clerestory sky light, larger windows with energy-efficient glass and a new faculty and staff dining room. Updated utilities and architectural and landscaping integration with the surrounding campus round out the upgrades.