The Loop Pizza Grill is one of the few restaurants chosen to open in the Bryan Center on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C.

The Loop has had a presence on campus since 1999. The new, remodeled Loop is expected to open in August in the Bryan Center, with construction beginning in May. It will feature the brand's new design, which made its debut recently in Jacksonville, Fla.

"The new look will have more of a funky, burger brasserie feel," said Mike Slomianyj, owner/partner for The Loop at Duke. "It will be a hip, comfortable space that's not just for dining, but also for meeting, having coffee or grabbing a beer, and just hanging out. We know students will really relate to this and we expect The Loop to be the new 'gathering place' on campus."

The new Loop design will feature three levels and incorporate warehouse-style windows, unique millwork, artwork from local students/artists and a new seating layout with additional booths, couches and community tables that can accommodate several people. It will also include several large televisions, a bar area and WiFi.

The new location will have almost twice the amount of dining space compared to the current Loop will also include a covered outdoor patio.

"We are honored to have been selected and look forward to continuing our role as one of the favorite dining establishments on campus. A significant part of our focus is on tailoring the new restaurant to meet the needs of students," Slomianyj added.

In addition to the new campus opening, The Loop is planning to expand its catering program for both on and off campus events.

"We currently have a catering program in place, but limited space has held us back from reaching our full potential," Slomianyj said.

The Loop will also add more "grab 'n go" items that will appeal to students on the go, and there will be a separate pickup window for those who want to call in orders to pick up. New menu items will include pasta, pizza by the slice and some dishes that will appeal to fans of the Armadillo Grill, such as southwestern pizza and an avocado salad. Students will be able to pay for their meals with food service dollars.

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