SAN LUIS OBISPO – After 43 years of service, Vista Grande will “retire” at the end of the academic year to make way for a new state-of-the-art dining complex which will be completed Fall 2018. In recognition of Vista Grande’s importance to the campus community, Campus Dining is holding a retirement reception on June 3rd, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to enjoy light appetizers and cake as they say good-bye to a campus icon.

The retirement party will celebrate Vista Grande’s 43-year history. Vista Grande is Campus Dining’s longest functioning dining venue. Favored as the late night meal destination, the venue has served as the main residential dining hall for over 126,000 freshmen since 1973.

Vista Grande will officially close its doors on June 13 to begin development of the new dining complex. The current 16,899-square-foot building will be replaced with a new three-story, 35,000-square-foot facility. The new building will be LEED certified and feature integrated interior and exterior dining spaces for a one-of-a-kind Cal Poly dining experience. The new Vista Grande complex is the largest capital project in Cal Poly Corporation history.

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