But not at Rochester Institute of Technology, where the selection of eateries includes Henry’s Restaurant, an upscale, full-service restaurant ideally suited for business lunches or just something a little different from the usual lunchtime fare.
What makes Henry’s even more special, though, is that it’s operated entirely by students studying integrated service management, restaurant management and restaurant operations at RIT. Far from being students peeling their first potatoes, these students hone skills for future management positions at upscale restaurants around the globe. Along the way, they’re not afraid to try out new entrées and motifs, ensuring the "surprise" element of Henry’s.
Henry’s Restaurant opens for spring quarter on March 26. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays on the fourth floor of the George Eastman Building. Henry’s is open to the public and take-out orders are available. The restaurant’s menu can be found at www.rit.edu/~henrys.
Now in its 19th year, Henry’s Restaurant is named for Henry Lomb, founding partner of Bausch & Lomb Inc. and major benefactor to RIT’s food management program. "Henry’s Room" first opened in 1952 at RIT’s downtown Rochester campus. Henry’s Restaurant at its present location on RIT’s Henrietta campus opened after extensive renovations in 1982.
RIT’s 109-year-old hospitality and service management department, one of the first in the nation, is part of the university’s College of Applied Science and Technology.