University closes select fall 2020 dining venues

Decreased volume of student, faculty patrons led to shutdown

Madison York
Editor-in-Chief

Comets will have fewer places to dine this semester, as about two-thirds of on-campus dining locations close until further notice.

As of August 28, only six venues will remain open: Chick-fil-A, The Pub, Taco Bell Cantina, Dining Hall West, Papa John’s and The Market at DHW. At Northside, 7/11, the American Tap Room and Starbucks will also stay open for business. Updated hours can be found on the auxiliary services website.

The university announced these closures on Aug. 27 and said that Starship and Boost mobile ordering will still be available at participating locations.

In an email interview with The Mercury, director of food and retail services Pam Stanley said that the current population on campus is such that the locations needed to be closed for the fall semester.

“We had to make the very difficult decision to reduce the number of retail dining venues open on campus. This was due to the reduced population of students, staff and faculty on campus. It was not sustainable to keep all our dining venues open without the volume,” Stanley said. “However, we are happy to look at reopening locations as the need increases.”