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Morris Inn temporarily cuts a la carte dining during kitchen expansion

Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame is temporarily suspending a la carte dining from the hotel’s two eateries to allow for a major kitchen expansion.

Beginning Monday, April 20 and lasting through mid-August 2015, Sorin’s and Rohr’s will offer extensive buffets during regular business hours, according to a press release.

The hotel intends to offer many of the regular menu items in the buffets, in addition to carving tables and special chef stations.

The 3,000-square-foot, multi-million dollar kitchen renovation will expand the capabilities of both restaurants’ daily service and banquet operations. Most of the food will be freshly prepared on campus at the university’s new Center for Culinary Excellence catering facility. 

Breakfast 6:30 to 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Lunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner 6 to 9 p.m. Sandwich service available between lunch and dinner service, and until midnight.

Sorin’s will feature a continental breakfast of light items and a buffet option, including omelets, oatmeal brûlée and French toast. For lunch, an express option of soup, salad and mini-sandwiches will accompany the full buffet comprised of a pasta bar, salads and varieties of meat and seafood entrees.

“Many of our patrons and constituents face time constraints during lunch. The express option will allow diners to be in and out in under 45 minutes,” said Morris Inn managing director Joe Kurth.

The dinner buffet will boast a pasta bar, soups, salads and entrees for epicurean diners.

Kurth said there will be a chef-attended station during each dining period at Sorin’s, such as a Parmesan wheel to be grated and combined with chicken, shrimp or sausage pasta dishes.  

An upgraded dinner buffet will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays, featuring a seafood spread, freshly carved lamb and a dessert station. Kurth said dinner options will vary each day to provide patrons with a revolving choice of entrees.

Rohr’s buffets will include soups, salads, a sandwich station for lunch and a build-your-own burger, bratwurst and nacho stations for dinner. Sandwiches and nine different snack options will be available in between lunch and dinner seating until midnight. 

Prices will range from $10.90 to $14.90 for breakfast, $13.90 to $18.90 for lunch and $20 to $39 for dinner.

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