AVI is introducing new options this semester to help improve student satisfaction with the numerous food services on campus.
Mark Lisowski, resident director of AVI food systems, said most of the changes are attempting to give SRU students the “wow factor”.
With the library renovations still under way, the usual Taylor and Barnes library café is temporarily relocated to the University Union.
Regarding the move, Lisowski noted, “when life gives you lemons, you try to make lemonade.”The café at the union offers the same cold food that Taylor and Barnes did such as sushi, power salads, freshly squeezed juice cups, protein power packs, coffee and tea. The library coffee shop is being renovated and the location change is only temporary.
“The library coffee shop is meant to take care of students with snacks and cheaper coffee and sushi,” Lisowski said.
Lisowski said that Boozel has also gone through some improvements, with most of the food choices at Boozel remaining as they were, but a wider variety of options are now being introduced. The noodles station, where students create their own meal, has increased options including zucchini, sweet potatoes, beets, squash, veggies, and lean clean proteins. The deli has also been expanded and ethnic specialties have been incorporated. Lisowski said these new options were made to help students that want to eat healthier or want to have a quick option between classes on hectic weekdays.
“We are already getting a thumbs up from students,” Lisowski said.
Weisenfluh has new breakfast options including smoothies for students in the morning. The Quaker Steak & Lube inside the Smith Student Center has a new menu after being taken over by a new company.
“It gives Quaker a hometown derivative,” Lisowski said regarding the new menu.