The lab and restaurant allows RHIM students to gain hands-on experience planning menus, managing a kitchen and serving customers.
After an extensive facelift, the flagship restaurant that doubles as a laboratory for Texas Tech University students has reopened.
Skyviews, on the top floor of the Bank of America building at 19th Street and University Avenue, re-opened for lunch Monday (Sept. 19), with a grand re-opening scheduled for Oct. 3. The dinner series, during which students from the Restaurant, Hotel and Institution Management (RHIM) program create menus and decorations and manage the restaurant, begins Wednesday (Sept. 28).
Changes to the restaurant
- Workers tore walls down to open up the dining room and put in new tile, carpet and laminate flooring, along with upgrades to the bar and wait stations. The new paint on the walls is accented by framed art of the lifestyle sculptures that surround the College of Human Sciences building.
- Texas Tech graduate Jason Lindley is the new manager. He graduated in 2006 and worked in food service management at the Hillcrest Country Club and with ARAMARK at the University Medical Center.
Changes to the menu
- The prix fixe dinner menu, which allows students to create a menu and decorate the restaurant with a central theme, begins Sept. 28, kicking off the "8 Decades, 8 Dinners" semester with a 1920s speakeasy theme. Subsequent Wednesdays will be a drive-in, "Mad Men" dinner party, shared dinner, tailgate food revolution and more. Refer to the website for more information.
- Lindley created a new lunch menu, which includes a grilled chicken salad, a smoked cheddar and turkey club and the Skyviews cheeseburger in addition to the classic buffet.
- "I really enjoy the renovations as well as the new direction Skyviews is headed," said Kayla Foster, a RHIM student. "Working the back of the house is what I enjoy the most. Learning recipes and making desserts is what I want to do. I also enjoy the atmosphere the students bring to the restaurant and give off to the guests as we learn the ins and outs of running a restaurant."
- "I appreciate the hands-on learning experience that Skyviews provides," RHIM student Alex Carpenter said. "From the front of the house to the back of the house, no detail is missed.
- "We are excited to have Jason on board running Skyviews, because we believe he has the perfect background and skills to take this restaurant to the next level," said Shane Blum, chairman of the Department of Hospitality and Retail Management.
- I look forward to enhancing the RHIM program by delivering to each guest a lunch worthy of the view from our dining room," Lindley said.