August 23, 2018
The Underground Is Open with A New Look
- Director of Marketing, Student Affairs
The Underground (UG) received a facelift this summer with major renovations to the space and a menu which feature scratch-made American favorites and locally-sourced ingredients.
Located on the lower level of Carnegie Mellon University’s largest residence hall, Morewood Gardens, The Underground has been a staple of the CMU community for 19 years. A student favorite dining location, The Underground is known for its casual atmosphere, comfort food, and indulgent desserts. The renovation has given the space a modern look with new seating, improved lighting, and an open kitchen, including a dedicated dessert station, reminiscent of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
The new menu features all-day, home-style breakfast, classic and creative burgers and sandwiches, fresh entrée salads prepared with organic greens, small batch, kettle cooked soups, and the UG’s famous chicken strips and crispy fries. Desserts include local Dave and Andy's ice cream, sundaes, shakes, and smoothies, as well as signature desserts like the ultimate brownie sundae, killer cookie, and chocolate raspberry parfait.
"Our newly redesigned kitchen features upgraded equipment and more efficient preparation space," said Mark Hastie, operator of The Underground. "We are now able to prepare the majority of our soups, sauces, and dressings in-house from the freshest ingredients."
Local and artisanal vendor partners include:
- Breadworks fresh-baked artisan bread
- Bakery de France naturally-fermented brioche and focaccia
- Potomac Bakery pies, cakes, and pastries
- Monteverde’s fresh produce
- Rivendale Farms maple syrup
"The Underground has always been a community dining space where students can connect and collaborate over a meal," shares Pascal Petter, director of dining services. "The newly renovated space includes flexible, communal seating options, as well as a designated performance area with upgraded resident sound and lighting. This project epitomizes the goal of the university and of Carnegie Mellon's Dining Services program to develop traditional dining areas as social and interactive venues."
Save the Date! Join us for The Underground's grand opening celebration on Thursday, September 27. More details coming soon!