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    Duquesne University’s Red Ring Launches New Menu, Year-Round Patio

    The Red Ring Bar and Grille on Duquesne University's campus in Pittsburgh, Pa., will celebrate its grand re-opening with the launch of a brand new menu at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Open to the general public and Duquesne's campus community with street access to Forbes Ave., The Red Ring provides a delicious beginning or ending to a fun-filled evening for those attending events at the nearby Consol Energy Center.

    The Red Ring seats more than 150 guests for indoor table service/bar seating as well as al fresco dining for lunch and dinner on the new outdoor patio. Created by Parkhurst Dining of Homestead, Pa.-Duquesne's new dining services partner-the patio adds a lively and enjoyable dimension to dining and gets guests out into the fresh, open air to savor offerings from the extensive menu of appetizers, soups, salads, hot sandwiches and entrees. Side-wall panels and outdoor heaters allow guests to experience the patio year-round, even during inclement weather. 

    A create-your-own burger offering-each made with ½-pound of hand-pressed, fresh ground meat-complements the pub-like menu, which also includes turkey burgers, grilled or hand-breaded chicken breast sandwiches and spicy black bean burgers. Happy Hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and features half-off select appetizers, such as buffalo chicken dip or spicy chicken wings, and drink specials, including $2 16 oz. domestic drafts and $2.50 16 oz. import drafts. Visit The Red Ring's online menus for more mouthwatering favorites. 

    Parkhurst also will open a Freshens, the nation's largest frozen yogurt and smoothie company, on Nov. 20 next door to The Red Ring. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Freshens offerings include:

    • hand-crafted, savory or sweet crepes
    • custom-order salads served in fresh baked crispy bowls
    • all-natural fruit juice and yogurt blended smoothies, including fat free options
    • Fro-Yo blasts, shakes and parfaits made from 30 flavors of Freshens own frozen yogurt, including tart and no-sugar-added flavors.

    Grand-opening attendees will enjoy free smoothies and frozen yogurt samples as well as a complimentary appetizer when enjoying lunch at The Red Ring.

    In addition to The Red Ring and Freshens, Parkhurst manages 10 other convenient dining venues, c-stores and even a campus food truck. Duquesne's new Culinary Cab (a Parkhurst Dining mobile food concept) debuted in August, with trend-forward street food selections including fish tacos, cheese steaks, gyros, pulled pork barbecue and Italian sausage. The Culinary Cab operates from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.  The truck's campus location, which changes weekly, and other updates can be found on Twitter, under the handle @CulinaryCabPgh, so students always know the Cab's whereabouts.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.