The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom
The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a restaurant/classroom teaching operation within Iowa State University’s world-renowned hospitality management program. The facility dates back to 1926, when it was built during an addition project in MacKay. It is named for Joan Bice, a 1952 graduate of Home Economics, who enjoyed working in the Tearoom. In 2001, a generous donation was made to honor Joan Bice Underwood and renovate and restore the facility, just like it would have been when she worked there.
The Food Production and Service Management Experience class (HSPM 380L) currently operates the restaurant/classroom. It is a non-profit, approximately 90-seat learning laboratory. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Breakfast is served on Mondays from 8 to 11 a.m. You can take your breakfast go. Or, enjoy breakfast in the tearoom while connecting with friends or colleagues It’s also a great place to start your day. Pastries are fresh baked, items are homemade and our menu changes weekly. We also have a variety of fruit, parfaits, quiche and more.
- Two items: $7
- Three items: $9
- Four Items: $12
- Coffee, juice and tea are complimentary!
Lunch is served from Tuesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. We recommend guests arrive at the tearoom between 11:30 and noon for dining room service.
Reservations, Cancellations, and Payment
Walk-ins are welcome for dining in the Tearoom. You can also make a reservation online at any time. Or you can make a reservation over the phone at 515-294-3330 between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Cash, check, credit and debit cards are accepted.
Gift certificates are available in increments of $1.00. They are available for purchase Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., in the Tearoom.
All food items on the menu are available as a to-go option. You may call the Tearoom to pre-order food items, or stop in and order during normal business hours. Our retail operations are run out of the back of the Tearoom at the kitchen entrance (16 MacKay Hall).
If you would like to receive a daily email of what menu items we have available, please call 515-294-3330, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.