New dining options coming this summer

Audra Frady, Campus Carrier Staff Reporter

New food options are coming to Valhalla food court during the summer of 2014.  Subway, Miso Asian Cuisine and a Jamba Juice station are set to make an appearance on campus toward the end of July.

Fraser Pearson, food services director, said these additions are the second phase of renovations that began three years ago. He said Dining Services wanted to concentrate on bringing in healthier options and a better variety to the retail area.

Subway, Jamba Juice, and Miso Asian Cuisine are arriving at Berry this summer.
Habanero’s Montague’s Deli and Burger Studio are leaving campus to make room
for these new options.  

“Subway was a standout option because of low price points and volume of food,” Pearson said.

The Subway will take the place of Habanero’s and Montague’s Deli. It will have full menu options and nutritional information, which will create a different experience from the limited options at the Chick-fil-A Express. Subway will also provide breakfast options.

“Of every school that has a Chick-fil-A and a Subway, they are neck-in-neck in terms of popularity,” Pearson said.

Senior Kati Wright said she only eats Chick-fil-A in Valhalla because it’s the best food there.

“I think it’s past due time to add more options, especially for those students who only have the Flex Bucks meal plan like those of us living in alternative housing,” Wright said. “In the future, they should also have more vegetarian and gluten-free options. It’s hard to have a balanced diet if you have strict dietary guidelines.”

In addition, Miso Asian Cuisine will take the place of Burger Studio. Miso will offer sushi, steamed rice, fried rice, stir-fry vegetables, egg rolls and several meat options that students can customize to create combo meals. The price range for Miso will be $5.50 to $6.95. 

To take the place of the rice bowls and sushi section in Valhalla, a Jamba Juice station will be added. Jamba Juice has no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Pearson said that students have been asking for healthier options and with the influx of student athletes in recent years, he believes that this will be a popular item.

Many students are happy to have new options come to Valhalla.

Freshman Maggie Stansell said she has always wanted a Subway on campus. She also said Valhalla could be improved in other ways.

 “The limited space is my least favorite aspect of Valhalla. There needs to be more power outlets, too,” Stansell said.

However, a common complaint of Valhalla is the prices.

“I think Valhalla takes advantage of the fact that students have to buy Flex Bucks,” senior Robert Stonaker said. “Affiliating with outside food companies is better, but the financial structure will always be the same.”

The Subway that is coming should reflect the normal franchise prices and should not be inflated, Pearson said.

The students who live at Berry over the summer will have access to Chick-fil-A, and Pearson hopes to have a soft opening of these new food options, especially Subway, around the end of July.

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