An expanded Montague’s Deli will replace dining venue Fan Fare on the ground floor of the Marvin Center Wednesday. The deli will offer made-to-order sandwiches, fresh deli meat by the pound, made-to-order gourmet sandwiches and pre-made salads.
Officials said they were not seeing “top of the line sales” from the venue but declined to comment on Fan Fare’s revenue or the number of students who purchased food there each week.
“The student population here demands a more eclectic menu,” said Amelia Powell, marketing program manager for Aramark.
Officials partly based their decision to replace Fan Fare with Montague’s student feedback at a recent meeting with the Student Association Dining Services Commission.
Powell said 16 out of 46 students interviewed about a change said they would like a deli-style venue.
Ryan Geist, chair of the SA’s Dining Services Commission, said he encouraged the addition of a deli because of Food and Drug Administration restrictions that prohibit the sale of ground beef or meat by the pound in a location that is not a licensed supermarket.
“There’s an abundance of cheese in Provisions but very little meat,” Geist said.
In addition to a lack of student interest in Fan Fare’s food Geist said ventilation and heating problems plagued the space.
“The problem is that particular space,” Geist said. “The Marvin Center just wasn’t built to handle the capacity that it’s handling now.”
Ben and Jerry’s, which occupied the space last year, struggled with similar problems.
Geist said Montague’s should have more success in the space.
“Meat won’t melt,” Geist said.
-Elizabeth Chernow contributed to this report.