It’s where F&M students of the 1980s could get a Poor Richard sandwich—cheese, lettuce and tomato on pita—for $1.80. Where students of the 1990s could get a massive helping of Ben’s Bread for a couple bucks. And where students today enjoy baskets of chicken wings and onion rings for $7.50.
More than three decades after opening in fall 1984, Ben’s Underground remains F&M’s only student-run eatery and nightclub. Generations of students have descended those familiar steps near the entrance to the Ben Franklin Dining Hall (now the Restaurants at Ben Franklin) on their way to concerts, Halloween parties, game nights, coffee hours, or just to hang out with friends into the wee hours of the morning.
Ben’s underwent a significant renovation in recent years, including the installation of new kitchen equipment, booth-style seating, LED lighting and digital signage. But as some things change, some don’t—they still deliver!