This month, Butler University proudly opened the doors to Midtown Provisions, the much-anticipated update to the Residential College dining area known to many as “ResCo.”
The renovation project, which kicked off in 2019, hit a pause during the pandemic but is now complete, offering a significant boost to what ResCo has to offer. For Butler Dining, Midtown Provisions is more than a new name—it’s a fresh start, designed with the goal of bringing people together and shaking up the usual college dining scene.
“We’re thrilled to see Midtown Provisions come to life. Students are giving us great feedback on the new food choices and the updated look of the space,” Frank E. Ross, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, said. “It’s been a true team effort to get here, with Residence Life, Bon Appetit, Facilities and Operations, and our construction partners all pulling together. We’re really proud of the results. Midtown Provisions isn’t just about renovating a space; it’s about our deep commitment to enhancing the student experience and improving campus life.”
As Midtown Provisions becomes a campus hotspot, Butler Dining is committed to ensuring students enjoy the menu and the many offerings. Midtown Provisions offers four main spots to grab a bite: Bread & Pickle for sandwiches, Warm & Soulful for customizable bowls, Wood & Stone for handmade pizza and pasta, and Show & Tell for a variety of soups. Students will find grab-and-go options, quick snacks, and new weekly specials. Mobile ordering is also available, allowing students to pre-order custom quesadillas, burgers, fries, and pizza. Midtown Provisions also awaits the delivery and installation of a 24-hour pizza “ATM.” Midtown Provisions dining hours are currently from 7:30 AM-8:00 PM Monday-Friday, but the seating area is available for students 24/7.
Like the rest of ResCo’s lobby and mezzanine, the physical space itself has also undergone a massive transformation to better meet the needs of Butler students. The open-concept design with a variety of flexible seating, booths, high-top tables, and café tables lends itself to a more inviting and comfortable space for students to eat, work, and gather. The dining area is centered between two beautiful new courtyards, providing students with recreation space and additional seating for outdoor dining. The renovation also features new public art—a colorful mural by a local Indianapolis artist of Butler’s campus and landmarks, including Hinkle Fieldhouse, Holcomb Observatory, and the Carillon.
Midtown Provisions stands as a shining example of Butler’s ongoing commitment to enhancing campus life and opportunities for our students. “We hope this becomes a place where all students feel at home, where they can enjoy good food and socializing with friends,” Dr. Ross said.
As the final touches are added to Butler University’s Midtown Provisions, it’s clear that this is more than just a dining hall—it’s a community hub designed to enrich student life. With innovative dining options, a commitment to health and accessibility, and a vibrant space that reflects the spirit of the campus, Midtown Provisions stands as a testament to the University’s dedication to its students, nourishing both the body and the Bulldog spirit.