DDS boasts latest hours in Ivy League
While it may be frustrating to deal with late-night munchies in Hanover, Dartmouth students are lucky to have their dining facilities open later than any other Ivy League school.
Dartmouth Dining Services serves food at some of its 10 on-campus dining options as late as 2 a.m. Meanwhile, food service at Yale University ends at 9 p.m. and all of Harvard's dining options close at 7:15 p.m.
Late-night services have proved popular at Dartmouth, especially considering the strange dining habits of college students, according to David Newlove, associate director of DDS.
"Students don't have the same eating patterns as at home," Newlove said. "Breakfast is our least-attended meal, so students feel lucky for late-night dining options."
According to Newlove, DDS gains more revenue from late-night dining than they do from breakfast.
DDS has slowly extended its hours over the past several years to accommodate student demand. Novack Cafe was open only in the afternoon a few years ago but now serves until 2 a.m. Homeplate is also open a half hour later than it used to be, and many students come during that time.
Collis Late Night, established in Spring 2004, provides another nighttime option for students seeking food during the week. It was established to replace the Big Green Bean, the coffee and dessert bar closed in 2003.
Food Court is the standby of Dartmouth's late-night dining options. A full dinner is served there until 9 p.m., and the grill is open until 1 a.m. for students in search of a midnight meal.
Despite the nocturnal habits of students, DDS has been unsuccessful in the past with certain late-night services.
Lone Pine Tavern used to be open seven days a week, but it was losing money at the time. Now the establishment is open Thursday through Saturday and provides a restaurant-like feel.
"There was a need for students to be able to go out and have a cocktail in a safe environment," Newlove said.
Newlove said that DDS could handle losing money at certain hours because of the structure of DDS.
"We are nonprofit, so it is our goal to break even," Newlove said. "We are a part of student life -- that is our focus."
Still, Newlove said that, from his experience at other colleges, a 24-hour service could easily be successful.
For Dartmouth students hungry after 1 a.m., there is only one dependable source of oven-cooked food in town: Everything but Anchovies.
EBAs President Maureen Bogosian said that staying open until 2:10 a.m. has benefitted her establishment.
"The late hours are worth our time -- business is brisk," Bogosian said.
She largely attributed EBAs' success to the pizzeria's devoted customer base.
"People can depend on us for getting food late in a timely manner -- we are dependable and reliable," Bogosian said.
Students can look forward to a special late-night breakfast in Thayer on Dec. 2, the last day of reading period. The deans of the college will serve students breakfast from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. in a function that Newlove said is "very well attended."