GW adds six new options to meal plan

GW’s meal plan will offer six new dining options by the time students return to campus late August, said Nancy Haaga, director of Auxiliary and Institutional Services.

Pretzel Time and Viva Java will be eliminated to make room for the renovations to Marvin Center and Thurston Hall dining facilities.

The changes, which are still in the final planning stages, will add variety to GW’s menu and offer more home-style options, which students have requested for more than a year.

A Starbuck’s coffee station will replace J Street’s Viva Java to add better coffee service to the University’s meal plan, Haaga said.

A station similar to the Colonial Grill, which was replaced by Chick-fil-A last year, will serve rotisserie chicken and hot foods for lunch and dinner at the Dawn’s Best breakfast station.

It’s a little like (Colonial Grill), but a much fresher approach, Haaga said.

Dawn’s Best will continue to serve breakfast in the morning.

GW will add more sandwich options to the J Street 1821 Deli, which will be called Montague’s. No other changes are scheduled for J Street.

The basement of the Marvin Center will host a second grocery store, Provisions Too, which will offer meals prepared by GW Dining Services. GW will build the market in an empty unit next to Jamba Juice that was originally set aside for student entrepreneurs.

A bagel station will replace Pretzel Time.

The University will also add a display-style cooking station in the center of Thurston Dining Hall. Similar to the pasta and Asian food options in J Street’s Pangea , the new concept will be called Market Market, and will offer a four-week rotating menu. The station will not replace any other food options in the freshman residence hall.

Haaga said the University has responded to student requests and feedback it has received from the Dining Service Commission, the student organization that informs AIS of students’ dining requests.

Three fast-food options, Burger King, Chic-fil-A and Taco Bell, were added to GW’s meal plan last summer. Although these stations attract the most customers, they also face the most criticism from students who want more home-style cooking and healthy options.

Construction will begin in early July, Haaga said.

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