Moe’s Southwest Grill approaches opening date

Taylor Cross helps get Moe’s Southwest Grill ready for the opening. The restaurant will open to students on Thursday, Jan. 26.

by Student Writer Jessica B. Livingston

Students may have noticed there was a sign for Moe’s Southwest Grill in the Guillot University Center at the beginning of fall 2016. While many expected the restaurant to be in service in August, that was not the case.

“We thought that Moe’s would be available to us soon after they put up the sign,” said recent graduate Casey Kynerd. “We didn’t know we were going to graduate before they actually got it put in.”

Moe’s will be open to the public next Thursday, Jan. 26, said Susan Breer, director of food services at UNA. She said as for Panda Express, the university is waiting on the state to approve the building plans.

“The Panda Express timeline will be made public once we receive the building permit and the general contractor generates a construction timeline,” Breer said.

Some students are happy to be patient with UNA, while others are not.

“Those are two of my favorite fast food places, and it would be great if (Moe’s) was ready now, but honestly I don’t care that it’s not ready yet,” said graduate student Mallory Hayes. “I am just happy we are getting one. UNA over the past few years has really improved for food options. I remember when the only option was just a few places in the GUC.”

Breer said she and the rest of the food services workers are hard at work to provide students with more options for food this semester.

She said some new food options for this semester will be The Gem Cart which will be present on various parts of campus offering a rotating menu of Grab and Go Items.

In the GUC, Frio’s Gourmet Pops will be a new offering at Burger 256, and Odette is back and serving students.

In addition to these options, she said Krispy Kreme donuts are now available at Create, and Chick-fil-A will add three egg biscuits to the breakfast menu Jan. 23.

Sophomore Rylee Akers said she was getting burnt out on the campus’ food options as well as the long lines of students.

“Hungry college students are not individuals you want on your bad side,” said junior Maci Gassaway.

Senior Shaq Shoulders said he felt the university had big goals to open the restaurants last semester, hopes to be able to eat at Panda Express before he graduates.