Lexington, KY (WKYT)- K-Lair inside Haggin Hall just officially opened up its doors Tuesday.
It's one of several UK dining facilities using Kentucky Proud products, one of the mainstays of the new Food Connection partnership.
The University community came together to get the word out about the new effort to bring more locally grown, Kentucky products to students, staff and faculty.
They've partnered with the company Aramark, to deliver a new "food economy" to the university.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, James Comer, says the starting costs won't be passed on to diners.
The $5 million being used to propel the project, he says, is needed for equipment to provide more baked foods, for instance, rather than fried.
"It's opened up an enormous amount of new markets for Kentucky farm families all across central Kentucky ", said Comer. "We're excited and we think today will be the first step in helping to significantly grow food production in Kentucky."
An official groundbreaking is set to take place later this month.