Atherton Union Marketplace will not be completed until mid-September, but Butler University officials have worked to make sure getting food will not become an inconvenience.
Grab & Go lunches will be offered to accommodate people during the delay, especially those who want to avoid long lines around noon.
“It’s more of a convenience thing until we get this section [of Atherton] opened and we have all of our concepts,” Michelle Bryant-Jones, director of dining services, said.
“We’ve had years where we’ve kind of done this even without a largest class ever,” Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson said. “We thought this year we should definitely do it.”
Students can pick up Grab & Go lunches at two different locations on campus. One table will be set up on the patio outside Starbucks, and another in the Reilly Room alcove area.
During the busy lunch hour, students can scan their student identification cards inside, where they will get a ticket to take to one of the two tables.
Students will find lunch items such as sandwiches, chips, cookies, cups of fruit and bottles of soda.
This new lunch feature is only temporary, Sally Click, dean of student services, said. It will ultimately be based on the demand and feedback.
Click said students can join the food committee or talk to Atherton managers to offer ideas and comments to make their dining experience even better.
“We’re trying to have as many points of service as possible,” Click said. “If we’re not meeting peoples’ needs, we just need to hear about it.”
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