Chick-fil-A Express among new dining additions at Duquesne

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National fast-food line Chick-fil-A will be coming to campus at the start of the fall 2017 semester. The Express version of the chain will be in the Options Food Court.

Liza Zulick | Staff Writer

Major changes are coming to Duquesne’s dining options in the fall.

New additions include a Chick-fil-A Express and an improved Mexican food kiosk in the Options Food Court and a complete remodeling of the Student Union’s Starbucks.

Construction will begin on the new dining projects after commencement in May. According to Scott Richards, Duquesne’s executive director of auxiliary services, student feedback, surveys and recent purchasing patterns have all led to the changes in dining options.

Purchases from the upcoming dining additions will still be available through meal swipes, flex, plus, cash or credit card — including the Chick-fil-A Express, which will take meal swipes of $5.50 for lunch and $6.00 for dinner.

The new Chick-fil-A Express will feature nearly everything from its original menu. According to a Duquesne press release, in addition to its signature chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A’s menu includes grilled chicken, waffle fries, a kale and broccolini salad, new sauces, a barbecue-bacon sandwich and salads which are “made with fresh vegetables and fruits that are hand-chopped throughout the day.” Hand-spun milkshakes are also available in addition to homemade lemonade.

Duquesne University is now one of over 245 schools to have include Chick-fil-A among its dining options.

“I’m so excited for the new Chick-fil-A,” undeclared freshman Erin Fulton said. “I finally will be able to have some delicious lemonade on campus.”

The Mexican food kiosk at the Options Dining Hall will soon feature made-to-order burritos, bowls, tacos, salads and salsas and queso. The meal swipe of two tacos, chips, queso and a drink will also still be available.

“I can’t wait to have fresh, made-to-order burritos,” said Freshman undecided business student Joseph Halahurich.

There are also many other changes coming to Options. According to Duquesne’s press release, the salad, deli and Cobani bar that are currently available in Options will be taken out and replaced. An on-the-go program will be available including deli sandwiches, bistro boxes, salads, sushi, yogurt parfaits and more.

These items will also be available at The Incline, Campus Market and Campus Market Express.

In 2016, Duquesne was named one of the top 80 Best Colleges for Food in America. With these changes to dining, Duquesne University stays with their goal of offering students a variety of sustainable and healthy food options.

“The university explores possibilities with vendors in a number of areas (not just dining) on a regular basis. However, confidentiality prevents us from disclosing those details and vendors who are not selected,” Duquesne spokeswoman Bridget Fare said.

3 Responses to "Chick-fil-A Express among new dining additions at Duquesne"

  1. Bob  April 14, 2017 at 8:49 am

    If you are going to use the tired and stock argument where you try to bring in Old Testament laws to discredit central tenets of Christianity today, you might want to brush up on your theology. We live in New Testament times, where we are not bound to the Old Testament laws.

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  2. Alex_655321  April 13, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    So what? The CEO had an unpopular opinion. The company doesn’t even donate to “Family First” anymore.

    Its a far stretch to say that the CEO’s personal opinion trickles down and taints every other board member, every store front, and every employee. CFA hires LGBT people at all levels and I think its ridiculous to impute one man’ s opinion to an entire company. They make chicken sandwiches, they don’t set policy. Get over it. This is ridiculous. A CEO is allowed to have a personal opinion.

    The only “unsafe” thing about CFA is possible danger to waistlines.

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  3. Andrea Brick Ader  April 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    As Duquesne University alumni, both my husband Michael and I strenuously object to the location of Chick-fil-A on Duquesne’s campus. Their homophobia is well known and has no place in a self-described “Christian” community. Their expressed reliance on biblical principles, would it seem, allow polygamy (see Jacob, et al), but not gay relationships. Perhaps this is just one more example of Duquesne’s (and the Catholic Church’s) anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ attitude. Pope John XXIII dragged the church kicking and screaming into the 18th century. It’s a shame that the institution, and Duquesne, hasn’t progressed much beyond that.

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