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ETSU renovations causing changes to student meal options

East Tennessee State University students are returning to class Monday and they can expect some changes to their meal options.

The changes stem from the $45 million dollar renovation to the D.P. Culp University Center, the major hub for student affairs on campus. 

Among the most popular additions is a Steak 'n Shake food truck that, despite being on wheels, is here to stay. Steak 'n Shake Employee Sherry Vurrell said Friday that Steak 'n Shake will have a permanent location on the first floor of the Culp Center after renovations wrap up in 2020. "We are excited, this is our first food truck here on campus so we're excited to see how it goes," Vurrell said.

Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Sam Mayhew says the food truck is an addition meant to make up for the loss of retail food options, including Chick fil-A, Taco Bell and Quiznos, during the renovation.

Students can use their meal plan to pay for Steak 'n Shake.

Mayhew also encourages students to use their Flex and ID dollars at the main dining hall called Marketplace, which will remain open on the 3rd floor of the Culp Center. He explains they recently renovated the kitchen: "While students may not see it, the kitchen has expanded greatly and so we'll be able to offer more food options than we have been able to offer in the past."

Students can also enjoy the new Buccaneer Food Trailer located in the quad next to the Treehouse. There is also a new to-go option in the Center for Physical Activity.

Click here for a complete list of changes.


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