Recent visitors to the coffee shop in the campus center, now known as Potash Grill, will notice a serious facelift and significant upgrade in counter space. But what they may not fully appreciate are the months of collaboration behind the changes, in terms of design and funding, or the effort to address the needs of the local community.
“My inspiration for upgrading the grill was to make the campus center a comfortable, useful, and unique place to grab some food,” said Brian Newcomb, Potash Grill manager. “My hopes are to try to cater to the needs of students, faculty, and staff, as well as being available for the townsfolk of Marlboro. We have modified our hours to try to accommodate everyone.”
The improvements were made possible through a generous donation from David White, administrative associate with the Marlboro Music School and Festival, which uses the space during the summer. Other upgrades came from the parents of Joshua Lande ’08, Jim and Joyce, who paid for renovation of the nearby bathroom, and from Metz, Marlboro’s very collaborative dining services provider, who donated a pizza oven. The class of 2015 even anted up with a class gift of new stools for the space.
The process of redesigning Potash Grill started with an ad-hoc committee composed of Brian, other staff members, and students. They brought sketches of their ideas to the Standing Building Committee, and finally presented the design to Town Meeting last fall. Town Meeting also unanimously granted additional funds the remodeling.
“We’ve brought in several new items like fried calamari, beer-battered pretzel cheese bites, and more vegetarian-friendly items like the portobello mushroom sandwich,” said Brian. “Our pizza is always a big hit.” Locals are invited to come pick one up to take home once school starts again—Potash Grill is open noon to midnight, 7 days a week, during the academic year.