J Street replaces venues to attract more customers

J Street’s venues will change again this fall, bringing students an Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Vietnamese cuisine among the new options. Hatchet File Photo.

J Street will replace venues and bring back fast food this fall, after a sweeping overhaul last year failed to increase the popularity of campus dining options.

A Vietnamese station called Banh Mi will replace the former kosher deli Nosh, Director of Campus Support Services Nancy Haaga said. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels will be up-and-running two weeks into the semester and take the place of Freshens, the smoothie and ice cream seller, after a construction wall comes down.

Endless dissatisfaction with food options has plagued J Street for at least the last six years. Campus dining officials launched a marketing campaign in the spring, hoping to fix J Street’s image problem among students.

J Street will offer Auntie Anne’s samples throughout the fall, as part of the market effort.

The Metro Diner, often criticized last year for long wait times, will expand this year, adding a hot breakfast and lunch bar with 16 options at a time to accommodate students on the go. Hot bar offerings will rotate on a weekly basis, Haaga said.

The sandwich bar will include more meat, cheese, topping and bread options and the hot bar will cycle through menu changes every 16 weeks, serving “comfort foods like salmon, mashed potatoes, baked pastas and baked brisket,” she said.

“We’re trying to create a bar where you can pick and chose what you want,” Haaga said.

J Street will also see the addition of an Edy’s fat-free frozen yogurt machine with a toppings bar.

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