Temple has traded burritos for bagels in a change coming to the Student Center’s Valaida S. Walker Dining Court.
Taco Bell is no longer an option in the Student Center as Einstein Bros. Bagels is planning to make shop in February.
Students are curious as to what happened to their beloved Taco Bell. Turns out it was just time for a change of pace in the food court.
“We always try to bring the student body platforms that align with their tastes and preferences,” said Jeffrey Browne of Temple’s Sodexho Campus Services. “Based on the trends we were seeing on campus, we decided to bring in a brand that was more aligned with the palate of Temple students and that offered healthier and more diverse menu options.”
Although Einstein Bros. isn’t set to open for another month, the move is already being met with mixed reactions.
“I can’t believe that Einstein Bros. is replacing Taco Bell,” said senior tourism and hospitality management major Lauren Ziemba. “I love Taco Bell, and I’m very disappointed.”
Sophomore pre-nursing major Brittany DelColombo agreed.
“I don’t understand why they would take Taco Bell out of the [Student Center],” she said. “Taco Bell always seems to draw a pretty big crowd, so it doesn’t make sense.”
But junior BTMM major Nick Dobrowolski said he likes the change in variety of dining options.
“It’ll be more healthy [for students],” he said. “Bagels aren’t the most healthy food in the world, but I’m sure you could make it healthy by getting a wheat bagel.”
The company’s Web site features their menu, which includes a wide variety of breakfast foods available at all hours of the day. From bagel omelet sandwiches to breakfast paninis and an assortment of signature sandwiches and soups, the bagel shop has something for almost anyone’s palate.
Einstein Bros. isn’t the only new addition in the dining court. Dos Manos, a Mexican grill similar to Qdoba, will make its debut.
Also, new menu options such as wheat pizza at Brick Oven and boneless buffalo wings and curly fries at Philly Connection will be available.
Browne said he is optimistic about these changes, including Einstein Bros.
“We believe the menu choices will offer students what they expect,” he said. “Great food, high quality and diverse menu options.”
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