Johnson Center’s Taco Bell to Be Relocated, Bistro to Receive Facelift

Posted: June 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Adam Modzelesky

Dining Services plans to improve two Johnson Center eating venues over the summer. Taco Bell, the Johnson Center’s most popular food outlet, will be relocated, and the Bistro, located on the lower level, will undergo renovations.

Taco Bell will move to the Johnson Center kiosk located behind Freshens, according to Bobbie Fuller, director of Information Services. The move will allow Dining Services to expand the menu and it will help with crowd control.

“Our contract with Taco Bell calls for us to be up to date with the restaurant’s current image,” says Rodney Miller, Dining Service’s director of retail operations. Miller noted that George Mason’s Taco Bell not only has outdated corporate colors, but does not provide the restaurant chain’s full menu. He says the move to another location came from “the need to increase space for customer flow. The made-to-order procedure causes a major traffic jam.” Miller also says that the new Taco Bell venue will incorporate an order window and a pick-up window to help relieve backup.

The soon-to-be-vacated Taco Bell locale will be replaced with what Fuller and Miller call a “pizza concept.” Miller says it will be similar to Sbarros, providing pizza by the slice and various pasta dishes to choose from.

With the new Innovation Hall located near the Bistro’s entrance, Dining Services expects a significant change in traffic flow past and within the restaurant. A few of the changes that can expected are an improved customer flow pattern, a Mongolian wok station, and new salad and deli bars, Miller says

The improvements are slated to be finished in August before the fall semester begins.

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