Lindy’s Red Lion, a popular restaurant and bar located near the Shops at 2000 Penn, is in the final stages of becoming a GWorld partner.
GW students will be able to spend their Colonial Cash dollars at the restaurant within the next few weeks once the campus pub and takeout sandwich shop agrees to the terms of the GWorld contract, said Nancy Haaga, managing director of campus support services, in an e-mail.
“Lindy’s has not yet signed a contract to become a GWorld partner,” she said. “If they agree to the terms of the contract, (which are currently being negotiated), then they will officially become a GWorld partner.”
The previous owner of Lindy’s had refused to accept the GWorld program. The current manager, Russ Glenn, is interested in partnering with GW.
“We are very pleased when merchants consider the program a valuable addition to their business and wish to participate,” Haaga said. “In GWorld, we see every new partner as a positive step as it benefits our students through the offering of more services and selection, which better meet their individual needs.”
Although Glenn said he is optimistic about his partnership with GWorld, he said there are some downsides.
“There are good things and bad things about (using GWorld),” he said. “The good thing is more students will come. The bad thing is that most students want to use it for alcohol and cigarettes, and that could be bad.”
Glenn said he is also concerned that the University will take a cut from Lindy’s. Nevertheless, he said the volume of students eating at the restaurant would likely offset the percentage GW earns when a GWorld card is swiped.
“Lindy’s is one of the most popular hot spots on campus to chill and hang out,” said Student Association President Nicole Capp. “It will be an awesome addition to GWorld, and I know many students who will literally flock there with their GWorld cards.”
Freshmen Amanda Kornreich and Casey Warner said they will eat at Lindy’s more often once the restaurant accepts GWorld.
“Spending our money on GWorld is better than spending our own money,” Kornreich said.
Warner added, “Its easier using your GWorld rather than having to carry around cash.”
Junior Jessica Anderson has never eaten at Lindy’s before but said now that they accept GWorld she will eat there.
GWorld has added six new off-campus vendors this fall including Pizza Hut, George’s King of Falafel, Robeks, Star Nails, Sign of the Whale and the 7-11 on New Hampshire Avenue.
More than 150 locations throughout the District accept GWorld.