MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
The Cherry Point Mess Hall tentatively plans to start operating from a temporary dining facility June 2, as the current dining facility undergoes renovations to repair its deteriorating structure.
After approximately four years of planning, the chow hall will undergo a more than $10 million renovation to upgrade the facility and install state-of-the-art furnishings and equipment, said Master Sgt. Leonard B. Crooms, the food service officer.
“The new mess hall will boast a more modern theme that will conform to the latest culinary practices while allowing us to provide improved delivery of service,” he said.
Built in 1971, the mess hall has been the pillar of food service for service members aboard the air station.
Mess hall personnel plan to serve the last evening meal in the current facility June 1. The temporary facility will serve its first meal June 2 for Sunday brunch.
During the renovations, service members will dine in a temporary 25,000-square-foot facility located between 4th and 5th Avenues, which is one block closer to the flight line (see illustration on Page A7). The temporary structure will accommodate service members through a main entranceway and an outside walk-up window.
The hours for the temporary chow hall will remain the same to correlate with the hours of the current facility, and midnight rations service will continue, however, only pre-made submarine sandwiches will initially be offered. Condiments and add-ons (vegetables, pickles, etc.) will also be available.
“During this transition, we would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience,” Crooms said. “We will be working hard to ensure patrons receive the same level of service and food quality.”