Food court set to undergo upgrade


The Missouri Western food court is getting an update over the summer — one many students may find very refreshing.

Although Burger Studio will remain, Subway will replace Quiznos Sandwich Restaurant, and W.O.K. — Wu’s Oriental Kitchen will replace Caliente Mexican Grill.

Shana Meyer, vice president for student affairs, said these changes were finalized over the past few months.

She also explained why the two highest-rated restaurants from an OrgSync student opinion poll, Chick-Fil-A and Lino’s Original Pizza, were not being brought to campus.

“It came down to bang for the buck,” Meyer said. “There was a certain amount of dollars that could be put into the renovations and upgrades. If we went with Chick-Fil-A, their franchise costs are very high, and that would have been the only change.”

However, since Chick-Fil-A and Lino’s Original Pizza had such a positive response among students, Western has reached an agreement with both franchises to come into the food court once a month to sell their food to students, starting in the fall.

Meyer said there were ongoing discussions about whether Western would renew a contract with Aramark Corp., the university’s food service provider. However, after discussing the options and arriving at an agreement on facility updates, Western decided to sign a three-year extension with Aramark.

Kathy DeWalt, Aramark food services director at Western, said that since the suggested retail pricing from Burger Studio had not yet been received, she does not know if their prices will change in the fall semester.

According to Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration, the prices at Subway will be comparable to a typical chain restaurant.

Meyer said the Popplewell Deli will also see an updated appearance.

Fessler said that the overall budget for the food court changes, the new Java City in Blum Union and the updates to the Popplewell Deli is $800,000. These funds will be provided by Aramark as part of the contract extension Western signed.

Meyer said that Subway and W.O.K. will have their own storefronts, so the food court will have a different look when it comes time to start the fall semester.

Until the food court reopens in the fall, Meyer said the Java City in Blum will be using an additional cooler and selling more grab-and-go items to accommodate students and faculty on campus over the summer.

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