Revelle Residents Seek Alternative Food Options

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The “Incredi-Bowl” food truck is only open until 2 p.m., forcing residents to search elsewhere for evening meals

Revelle College’s Plaza Cafe dining hall has been closed for the last two months for renovations that are slated to be completed by September 2014. As a result, residents of Revelle have had to adjust their eating plans for this year, turning to the temporary “Incredi-Bowls” food truck and Roger’s Place, with some making the trek north to Pines and Goody’s.

The food truck serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. before taking a one-hour break to serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Generally, students are receptive to the food truck that is parked in Revelle Plaza, but the arrangements are viewed as inconvenient by some, including freshman Revelle resident Lynnay Consul.

“I think the food truck is a good solution,” Consul said. “I just think that the best way to go would have been to improve the hours that it’s open. It’s really inconvenient to have to go to Pines all the time.”

Revelle HDH Assistant Manager Kathy Gugino explains that it is difficult to keep the food truck open at night because of the insufficient lighting in Revelle Plaza. She continues to explain that it is not financially beneficial to keep the food truck open during the weekends, stating that even Plaza Cafe was closed for the weekends when it was still in service. Nevertheless, the food truck remains a food source for Revelle students.

“We’re going to, probably next quarter, change our menu,” Gugino said. “They’re going to come up with new ideas of bowls, and, you know, nothing’s out of the question. We try to do the best we can to provide what we can.”

In addition to the food truck, Revelle students have opted for alternative eateries, including Pines, Goodies and Price Center. For students living in the Keeling Apartments, cooking their own meals is another option that they’ve been exploring. Sophomore Revelle resident Elias Rodriguez is unfazed by the dining arrangements.

“It doesn’t really affect me. I cook most of the time either way, and then I go to Price Center sometimes,” said Rodriguez.

Some students find it easier to simply go off campus for their meals like junior Jon Haapala does.

“I’m an RA so I have Triton Cash. I’ll go to Price Center, or I can go off campus and use some money there,” said Haapala.

The design and construction plans for Plaza Cafe have already been finalized, along with the budget and schedule for the renovation. Now, the project is entering its early stages of reconstruction.

Executive Director of UCSD’s Housing and Dining Services Mark Cunningham said he hopes to provide the latest influx of students with a brand new facility and dining options.

“When completed, this facility will be a community space where residents want to eat, study and relax,” Cunningham said. “[It] will be a destination featuring a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace and sustainable landscaping,” Cunningham said.

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