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New dining options offered at APSU under new contract

For the first time in a decade, Austin Peay State University will have new on-campus dining options for students, faculty and staff.

The Universitys new food services contract with Chartwells Educational Dining Services, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company, will take effect July 1.

The Food Court in APSUs Morgan University Center will feature the following venues: Bamboo Asian Cuisine, Habaneros Mexican Cuisine, Mamma Leones Pizza, Outtakes, Mesquite Ranch BBQ and Grill and Chick-fil-A Express.
For the first time in a decade, Austin Peay State University will have new on-campus dining options for students, faculty and staff.

The University's new food services contract with Chartwells Educational Dining Services, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company, will take effect July 1.

The Food Court in APSU's Morgan University Center will feature the following venues: Bamboo Asian Cuisine, Habaneros Mexican Cuisine, Mamma Leone's Pizza, Outtakes, Mesquite Ranch BBQ and Grill and Chick-fil-A Express.

Java City, a coffee shop located next to the Food Court, will become Einstein Bros Bagels. The Sundquist Science Complex also will have an Einstein's kiosk.

“Students wanted more than just a coffee shop. They wanted a place where food was served as well,” said Mary Moseley, assistant director of Housing Services at APSU.

Also under the new contract, convenience stores on campus will include Seattle's Best, Mamma Leone's (take-out) and Outtakes. Austin's Diner, adjacent to the Harvill Bookstore on the main campus, will have an expanded menu. Other developments are in the planning stages.

“People are going to see lots of changes,” said Tom Callahan, director of Dining Services.
Physical changes to the Food Court in the University Center will begin later this summer. This means not all of the new establishments will be open when students return to campus in the fall, Callahan said.

“There will be temporary food services in place during the transition,” Callahan said. “Students will see the changes, and it may take a year before all changes are made.”

In addition to the new venues, Callahan said students will gain “more spending power” when they use their Plus Dollars. For example, students on a meal plan will see their Plus Dollars roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester.

Plus Dollars are accepted like cash at any of APSU's dining facilities. New meal plans have been designed for both campus residents and commuters.

For 10 years, ARAMARK, headquartered in Philadelphia, provided dining services at the APSU main campus. Moseley said Chartwells was selected following a competitive bid process.

For more information about APSU's new dining services with Chartwells, contact Callahan by telephone at (931) 221-6243 or by e-mail at tom.callahan@compass-usa.com. -- Melony Leazer