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Food vendors chosen for CUB

PULLMAN–Facutly, staff and students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of vendors when the CUB reopens after renovations are completed in Fall 2008.

The selection process for determining the selected eateries required vendors to provide a written proposal outlining the planned menu, approximate prices, hours of operations, and commitment to WSU and the surrounding area. After reviewing and scoring the respondents, eight vendors were then asked to conduct an on-campus presentation, further highlighting the patron experience.  The selected vendors were all unanimously selected by the student leaders. Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Pita Pit, Carlita’s Mexican Grill & Espresso, and Wackadoo’s Grub & Brew will be dishing up the food and drinks when the CUB opens its doors in 2008.

Jamba Juice (Jamba) home of fresh fruit smoothies and drinks, will be opening shop in the CUB. Located all over the United States, this has been a favorite drink stop for WSU students. With the closest shop located in Spokane, people would have previously had to take a three hour round-trip drive to indulge in one of Jamba’s signature fruit smoothies.

Jamba offers healthy, nutritious, and energizing options each containing three to six servings of fruit. More information can be found at jambajuice.com.

Panda Express, the fastest growing Chinese restaurant chain in North America, serves authentic Chinese entrees including their signature Orange Chicken, Broccoli Beef, Mandarin Chicken, and Fried Rice. Students and community members can tryout Panda Express soon as they are slated to open the doors of a new restaurant this summer in Lewiston. To find out more about the menu and nutritional information about Panda’s food, visit pandaexpress.com.

Pita Pit, a favorite of WSU, will now be located in the CUB as well as Adam’s Mall! The franchise, stemming from Coeur D’Alene, has fresh pita options ranging from roast beef and turkey to babaganoush and hummus.

Pita Pit prides themselves on providing freshly grilled meat and making customized pitas in front of the customer’s eyes. Learn more about Pita Pit and their menu at pitapitusa.com.

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen will offer a variety of Italian food. The traditional Italian menu will include its signature New York style pizza, stromboli, salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Looking to sample Villa’s menu? The nearest Fresh Italian Kitchen is now open in the Spokane Valley Mall. For a full menu visit villapizza.com.

To satisfy the high demand for Mexican cuisine, Carlita’s Mexican Grill & Espresso will be serving authentic Mexican food including fresh burritos, tacos, a signature Rock Shrimp Taco as well as coffee and espresso drinks. According to Jason Doss, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, “Mexican food was a clear favorite, which received the highest number of votes from students (23%).” Carlita’s will be developed and run by Dining Services.

Wackadoo’s Grub & Brew, a classic college hangout, originated on the University of Central Florida Campus and since has moved across the country to various other colleges. The founder wanted to create a full-service restaurant that students could get “quality food at college prices” in a friendly sit down environment featuring big screen TV’s, pool tables, and a stage for live entertainment. The mission of Wackadoos’ states that they do not believe in using microwaves; the university community will be sure to get fresh, homemade food. Wackadoos’ menu includes hearty burgers, salads, wings, Paninis, sandwiches, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. As stated by the company, “the portions are large, and the cost is small.”

According to their website, Wackadoos hires 100 percent student employees and invests in each campus they are located on. They proudly support athletic programs, provide scholarship money to students yearly, and work with student government to provide a location for student activities. Best of all, Wackadoos regularly conducts surveys to see what items students want and would like to see on the menu. For more information on Wackadoos and their arrival on the WSU campus, visit their website at wackadoos.com.

“We are excited to have completed this project on behalf of the students,”said Zach Wurtz, ASWSU president, “We hope the reopening of the CUB Building will be viewed as having something for everyone.”

Each vendor will be accepting, cash, cougar card, dining accounts as well as debit and credit cards.
The added bonus will make purchasing a snack or meal easier than it has been in the past.

Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Carlita’s Mexican Grill & Espresso, and Pita Pit will offer a variety of breakfast options while Starbucks, which will be located inside the Bookie’s future location in the CUB, and Carlita’s will provide coffee and espresso drinks.

The CUB is scheduled to open in August 2008. For more information on the vendors or the CUB Renovation project, visit www.cub.wsu.edu.

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