The Red Vest, located in the Dreyfus University Center’s food court, offers students an opportunity to have the first sit-down restaurant experience on campus.
In fall 2014, what is now known as The Red Vest debuted at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and is open to students on weekday evenings. Creating a sit-down restaurant at the university was a student idea.
Becky Konkol, retail dining manager, manages the DUC food court, Homegrown Cafe and Food for Thought Cafe.
“Because it was a student idea, I felt that it was really important to promote that,” Konkol said.
According to Konkol, the restaurant was named after Lee Sherman Dreyfus, a former chancellor at UWSP, who wore a signature red vest around campus.
Konkol emphasized the importance of incorporating student opinion into the restaurant, especially when deciding the weekly specials.
Felisha Maurer, a sophomore majoring in Spanish and early childhood education, is the customer service manager at The Red Vest.
“When I worked at Upper Debot, it really did not suit me because it is not very personal,” Maurer said. “When you work at The Red Vest, there is a smaller amount of people that work there, everybody knows everybody and I feel welcomed and excited to come to work.”
Maurer enjoys the menu’s different food options. Her favorite is The Red Vest Burger, the restaurant’s signature burger.
Jany Kong, a senior majoring in international studies, is the student operation manager at the DUC. Kong said The Red Vest allows students to eat affordable entrees in a restaurant setting.
“We are trying to make it a little fancier than usual, so that people don’t have to go off campus to use their money,” Kong said. “They can still be treated like they are at a restaurant, but they can still use swipes.”