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.