New Food, Vending Contracts Promise Exciting Changes

Posted: June 21, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

With promises of exciting, new food selections and renovations to modernize existing food service areas, Sodexho Marriott has been selected to provide food services at all three campuses. The new, three-year contract has an optional two-year renewal and is effective July 1. A five-year vending services contract awarded to Creda, Inc., also begins July 1. John Spaldo, director and chief operations officer of University Services, says this is the first time food services, vending, and beverage contracts are aligned to serve all three campuses. The beverage contract was awarded to Coca-Cola earlier this year.

The Sodexho Marriott contract returns $1 million a year in commissions to the university to support operations of the Johnson Center and Student Unions. These commissions reduce the demand for student fees and keep increases at a minimum. Creda, Inc., returns 25.5 percent of its net revenue for athletic and academic scholarships.

Over the summer, Union Station at Student Union I gets a makeover with the addition of Mean Gene’s Burgers, Café Fresca Express, and Classic Shakes and Malts. Hot Stuff Pizza replaces the current pizza vendor, and beer is available for on-site consumption. The Johnson Center Food Court undergoes physical changes to provide faster and more efficient service, and Selona Grill replaces BUB’s Burgers. A new addition to Johnson Center dining is East Annex, located opposite the Food Court near Apple Federal Credit Union. East Annex offers Lipton Teas, Harvest Hill Bakery, Pretzel Logic, Classic Shakes and Malts, Freshens Smoothie Company, and On the Rock Creamery, featuring Freshens ice cream mixed with candy toppings.

A familiar venue takes on a new look and a new name when Crossroads Restaurant opens in the fall as George’s. The atmosphere is casual and classic–table settings in shades of black, champagne, and taupe are complemented by brightly colored art–and menu selections include a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Major renovations also are slated for Ciao Hall in Student Union II. The first phase begins in winter 2000 and the second phase begins in summer 2001.

This month, Dining Services moves into a new, 3,500-square-foot space in Arlington I at the Arlington Campus. The new cafeteria offers a soup and salad bar, LaVincita pizza, Boardwalk Fries, Selona Grill, and a deli featuring Healthy Choice products. The PW Café at the Prince William Campus offers an assortment of food choices from Selona Grill, Boardwalk Fries, Healthy Choice, and a Fresh Inspirations salad bar. Finishing Touches offers baked goods, and Beverage Bar provides an array of carbonated and noncarbonated drinks, teas and coffees, fruit juices, milk, and hot chocolate.

Creda, Inc., has proposed new concepts in vending services to increase sales and expand product lines. New vending machines will be added at selected, high-volume locations. Recognizing the ethnic diversity at George Mason, Creda, Inc., will offer new products that cater to the diverse tastes of the student body, including plantain and banana chips, sesame chips, dried mango slices, and spicy snacks from South Asia. In addition, the vendor promises healthy snacks such as low-fat cookies, yogurt mixes, dried fruits, and sorbets and yogurt bars.

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