An alternative to the usual college grub

By Kevin Rush
Guest Writer

February 28, 2013

Flex money: a commodity that many Lock Haven students have and use on a daily basis. Yet, at the semester’s end some of us find a good amount of money in our accounts and not a lot of time left to spend it. Leaving students with one question at the beginning of every semester: what to do?

Aramark and Lock Haven University Dining Services hope to answer that question with the recent establishment of Thursday Night “Restaurant Nights” in Bentley Hall, targeting students who desire high quality meals on campus. Every Thursday evening between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., students will be able to experience an authentic restaurant feel for the affordable price of a meal swipe as well as an additional withdrawal from your flex account costing between four to six dollars depending on your order, including appetizer and desert.

Running from now until April 25, “Restaurant Nights” has  begun to generate a buzz on campus since its February 14 start date, since it provides an enjoyable atmosphere with an aesthetically pleasing table setup and a delightful wait staff.

Most importantly, however, the food is satisfying, ranging from main courses of filet mignon, New York strip steak and a weekly seafood order to starters like Caesar salad and desserts such as New York cheesecake and sundaes. Senior Communication Major John Palermo called his experience “delicious,” stating that the atmosphere “puts the cafe in cafeteria.”

Senior English Major Ryan Mahlin also enjoyed his experience stating that he was “surprised at how well the steak was cooked.”

Overall, Bentley’s Restaurant Nights may prove to be a worthwhile addition to on-campus dining which provide students with an affordable way to spend some excess flex money.

Kevin Rush is a senior majoring in English and can be contacted at


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