Written by Ken Allard for KSBY, Jan. 24, 2024

Cal Poly’s longest-operating food service facility officially reopened Tuesday following extensive renovations — to the tune of $40 million.

1901 Marketplace — previously the home of The Ave, 805 Kitchen, and Poly Deli — received the makeover in part to give students a central place to gather with a wide range of unique culinary offerings, according to the university.

Officials said the facility was designed with large spaces and an open-air market atmosphere to serve as a comfortable and welcoming space for campus community members to gather and foster relationships, among other things.