Extended dining hours available at UNA Sodexo locations

Freshmen Shawn Hicks (left), Nick Wsueul (middle) and Zackary Turner (right) laugh in Towers Café during the extended dining hours. Towers Café is now open from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

by News Editor Anna Brown

This summer Sodexo dining services announced new late-night dining options and adjusted service hours for many on-campus Sodexo dining locations.

Previously, late-night dining on campus was not available to students. New hours and options are available to students starting this fall.

“We made these changes due to student requests,” said Sodexo General Manager Gwen Burney. “The changes we’ve made cater more to the students.”

Sophomore Bria Paschal said she thinks UNA should offer later dining to students who stay up studying.

“I think Towers should have later hours because it is very difficult to go eat before they close,” said senior Meridith Ginn.

Towers Café, located between Rice and Rivers Halls, now offers continuous dining from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Previously, students were only able to eat at Towers during certain times of the day.

Towers now offers late lunch and dinner options. Previously, the café closed between each meal to reset.

Sodexo Unit Marketing Manager Gabrielle Borden said there will still be a meal transition at Towers, but instead of Towers closing the doors, students can eat anytime.

Weekend dining hours at Towers remain the same, she said.

The Smart Market, also known as the C-Store, is now open on Fridays from noon until 6 p.m.

“It was inconvenient for the Smart Market to be closed on Fridays because if I needed something on the weekend, I would have to make a late night Walmart run or just deal without,” Ginn said.

Pizza Hut and A&W Express teamed up with the Lion’s Den Game Room to offer late-night dining to students in the GUC. Students can eat at the restaurants between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students may eat while using the game room, but they must keep food away from the computers, gaming systems and playing surfaces, according to UNA’s website.

The newest dining addition to UNA’s campus is the Lion’s Den Café, located inside the new Science and Technology building.

The Lion’s Den Café offers Simply To-Go items like ready-made sandwiches, yogurt and fruit cups, snacks and microwaveable hot items, Borden said. She said these are the same Simply To-Go items available in the GUC. The café serves Nestle coffee and sodas.

The Lion’s Den also sells basic school supplies like pens, pencils and notebook paper, Borden said.

“We’re taking a risk by making these changes,” Burney said. “If students like the changes and take advantage of the new hours, we’ll keep them. If students don’t like it, we will rethink things.”

Senior Kahri Bolden said he wishes the new hours were advertised more throughout campus because they are helpful for students.

“I also think the new hours at Pizza Hut and A&W will provide students another late night food option besides World of Wings,” Bolden said. “Some people would rather have a burger or a pizza over wings as a late night snack.”