New Daegu chow hall has top-level amenities
May 22, 2007
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — When workers finish renovating the Camp Walker chow hall in Daegu, soldiers will not only be served in a spruced-up setting but can log onto the Internet while there.
The dining hall is set to reopen sometime in early August, officials said Thursday. Workers began the renovation earlier this month at Building S-338, which was built in 1972. Projected cost of the renovation is $655,734.
Plans call for a five-station cyber-café at one side of the dining area.
It’ll also have a wireless hub for laptops, said Chief Warrant Officer Travis Smith, food service technician with the 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary).
New floor, ceiling and wall tiles are going in the food serving area and kitchen. The dining area will get new ceiling tiles. Neon signs will go up in the serving area, with the main food line to read “The Main Event” and the short-order stop to be “Daegu Station,” Smith said.
A four-sided specialty bar will include a cooking station for stir-fry and like dishes, and a salad bar, among other features.
Hand sinks will be installed, too.
“When the customers come in they can wash their hands before they go through the serving line,” Smith said.
Other changes include upgraded plumbing and electrical systems, new lighting inside and outside the building, new windows and doors, renovated latrines and a new employee locker room, said James C. Hamilton, director of public works for the U.S. Army Garrison-Daegu.
The electrical upgrade will, among other things, accommodate a pizza oven, which Smith said will enable dining hall staff to “have pizza on the menu daily.”
Workers also will install wheelchair ramps at entrances and repave sidewalks, Hamilton said.
There’ll be new menu boards and new signs outside the building, Smith said.
During the renovation, soldiers who’ve used the Walker chow hall are using the one at Camp Henry. Buses are making regular runs between the two.