FAIRFIELD — Hungry Sacred Heart University students looking for a late-night fix soon will no longer have to travel off campus for a bite to eat.

Sophomore Kenny Eckert looked on in approval at the menu of JP’s Diner — located between the William H. Pitt Center and Pioneer Park on Sacred Heart’s campus — following a ribbon-cutting for the forthcoming dining establishment.

“The menu looks great,” Eckert said, from inside the ’50s- and ’60s-themed diner, in which the school’s scarlet and silver feature prominently on the walls, tables and bar chairs. “And it’s right on campus, so you don’t have to drive downtown for food.”

School officials, members of the student government and student body, and representatives of Chartwells Dining Services — Sacred Heart’s dining contractor — gathered on Monday morning to celebrate the roughly $2 million project, which was announced in April and is expected to open in the coming weeks.

“What I hope is that it brings a lot of the off-campus students back on campus,” said Sacred Heart President John Petillo, for whom the diner was named. “It will be a place where I think students will end up hanging out.”

The playful, midcentury kitsch of the diner will include a jukebox and big-screen TV, on which vintage black-and-white movies will be shown. JP’s seats 110 inside, with room for an additional 40 guests outside, and will serve traditional diner grub. Burgers, melts, milkshakes and breakfast will be served.

Over the course of two weeks in the spring, the university’s student government was tasked with naming the diner, on which ground was broken in June, eventually settling on JP’s.

“A diner is one of those places where everyone can come together, sit together, bond,” said Student Government President Taryn McCormick. “Dr. Petillo is the kind of person that would come to our dining hall and sit with us. So I think it’s a really good tribute to him, and one that I think he’ll be able to participate with the students in.”

Beside Eckert surveying the diner’s menu after the ribbon-cutting was Sacred Heart senior Anthony Bentivegna, who also approved of the campus’ newest dining option.

“The fact that it’s open till 3 a.m. is going to be great,” Bentivegna said. “There’s nothing else open that late, even in Bridgeport.”

JP’s will be open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and until 1 a.m. the rest of the week.

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