ABILENE, Texas -

Dyess Air Force Base has reopened its Longhorn Dining Facility after a significant renovation.

The facility, which was closed for nine months, offers meal options to members of the military and their dependents.

Now that it has been renovated, it is ready for use.

"We closed down because we wanted to do some renovation in here because we wanted to make it more aesthetically pleasing," said Lt. Elizabeth Clark, sustainment services flight chief. "We also wanted to be able to bring in the necessary equipment in to get higher quality meals for our airmen."

The estimated $800,000 project has resulted in the facility being able to offer different varieties of food, greater selections and a better looking dining area.

"We made it better and we're all about quality of life for airmen so that was the whole intent behind the project," Clark said.

Clark also said the goal was to make it more convenient for families like the Ritas to eat together at a lower cost.

"We're actually worried about money now because we're about to have a kid in December, so coming here will be nice and it's cheaper," Amanda Rita said.

The facility is free to airmen who live in the dorms and every one else is charged per plate.

The hours for the facility are as follows:

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m./6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Lunch is served Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.     

Dinner is Monday through Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.