Students said they are pleased with GW’s decision to replace Fan Fare with Montague’s Deli, which opened on the ground floor of the Marvin Center Monday.
The deli offers a variety of sandwiches, salads and deli meats, many of which are healthier than options found at other Marvin Center venues.
“It’s really nice to have more selection,” sophomore Andrew Goodman said. “It’s a healthy alternative to the norm.”
Charles Thomas, executive district chef for Aramark, and former chef at the Ritz Carlton, designed the menu, which includes panini sandwiches, an item Montague’s did not offer when it was in J Street last year.
“We have a really healthy selection of nutritious and low-fat sandwiches,” said Amelia Powell, program for Aramark. “We have 10 sandwiches that are less than 10 grams of fat, which is more than any other sandwich place on campus, even more than Subway.”
Officials said they decided around Sept. 15 to switch from Fan Fare to Montague’s, prompted by a combination of unsatisfactory sales at Fan Fare and student interest in deli-style cuisine. Several students and Student Association Dining Services Commission members expressed unhappiness with Fan Fare’s selection, which included cotton candy, popcorn and other food typically served at stadiums.
“We had known we wanted to switch Fan Fare out, it was just a matter of deciding on the parameters to put in its place,” Powell said. “We had to talk to students in order to find the best fit for campus.”
Powell said communication between Aramark, GW’s food service provider, and the University allowed the transition to run smoothly. Montague’s took over the location a week after Fan Fare closed.
“We were able to make the change quickly by working closely with our clients and making it really clear what they wanted,” Powell said.