June 17, 2014


New campus dining options offer something for every taste.

Billiken Club and Grill
Billiken Club and Grill staff serve up samples of the sports-bar inspired menu during the dining location's soft opening on June 13. Photo by Michelle Peltier

Diners at Saint Louis University will enjoy new and exciting options this fall as the result of the University's new partnership with Aramark.

Philadelphia-based Aramark, a leader in the industry, currently serves more than 600 colleges, universities and preparatory schools across the country.

At Saint Louis University, Aramark will provide on-campus dining options under the name "DineSLU" and serve the University's catering needs as "CaterSLU."

"DineSLU's vision for Saint Louis University's residential dining community is about transformation," said Brooke Gordon, unit marketing manager for Aramark. "We will be transforming the facilities and the food, ultimately changing the way students and faculty experience dining at SLU. The food will be certainly delicious, high quality and include locally sourced products."

As part of the new contract, national chains such as Starbucks, Panda Express, Einstein Bagels, Panera and Qdoba will join Chick-Fil-A and Subway as on-campus dining options.

Aramark's proposal also addresses the need to enhance the University's on-campus dining facilities, and the agreement is expected to fund millions of dollars in capital improvements over the next several years.

The first of these projects has already been completed with the opening of the newly updated Billiken Club and Grill located on the lower level of Busch Student Center. Other additions to Busch Student Center include a Panera, Panda Express and Red Mango.

Qdoba, along with a renovated Subway, will become part of the new Billiken's Lair in Fusz. The expanded space will include a patio area with extended seating, as well as upgraded seating and lounge areas inside.

Einstein Bagels will operate in Pius XII Memorial Library. This dining location will be open 24 hours on those occasions when the library is open 24 hours.

Other changes include expanded dining hours, new locations that will feature sustainable, organic and locally grown offerings, and improved meal plans and new options for both resident and commuter students.

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