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Students enjoy lunch while dining in the Student Union. Photo by Steven Bridges/University of Tennessee.

Faculty, staff, students and guests at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, can expect to see changes in campus dining options through next summer as Vol Dining works to elevate the overall dining experience. From increased seating capacity and more international dining options to gourmet coffee and deli items, there will be something for all Vols to enjoy.

“When I was hired, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Operations Brian Browning shared with me that his aim is to make Vol Dining one of the best in the nation,” said Mohamed Ali, director of Vol Dining. “Creating and serving our own UT brands increases local food purchasing and supports communities across Tennessee.”

Arena Café

Changes to the Arena Café dining options are already underway. A new Boar’s Head café has replaced the former Which Wich. It is currently serving deli sandwiches and soups. Later this month, personal-sized flatbread pizzas and Starbucks coffee will be added to the menu.

Arena Café will continue to offer a hot line serving an entrée and vegetables, along with grab-and-go salads and fresh desserts made daily in the UT Bakery.

Student Union

Before the start of the spring 2023 semester, Union Subs will open. The deli-style eatery will serve Boar’s Head deli sandwiches, replacing the current Subway.

In summer 2023, Big Orange Grill will open. It will serve farm-to-table UT beef burgers, fries and milkshakes through a partnership with UT Creamery. Big Orange Grill will open in place of the current Steak ’n Shake.

A new Mediterranean dining concept will replace Rising Roll.

Stokely Hall

A Peet’s Coffee location will be added to Stokely Residence Hall prior to the start of the spring 2023 semester. The location will offer coffee, UT Bakery pastries and grab-and-go lunch items.

Dining Halls

Summer 2023 will bring a total overhaul of Southern Kitchen in Vol Hall. Renovations will increase the seating capacity to help meet the needs of students who are looking for a larger dining option.

Menus will be revamped across all Vol Dining locations to include more international cuisines, plant-based options and freshly baked goods, and Southern Kitchen and Fresh Food Company at Stokely will be extending their weekend hours.


Maggie Palmer (, 865-974-3993)