Even though new food vendors for the Nebraska Union aren’t opening in time for the start of the fall semester, university officials will ensure plenty of eating options for busy students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.
A “pop-up” Chick-fil-A restaurant will operate in the Nebraska Union beginning Aug. 20, offering sandwiches, kettle chips and drinks, according to Nebraska Union interim director Ryan Lahne. The menu will be similar to that offered by a Chick-fil-A vendor in a tent outside Memorial Stadium on game days. The pop-up restaurant will open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and will continue to serve until its food supplies are depleted.
In addition, the Nebraska Union is scheduling two food trucks per day to serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays from the northeast corner of the Nebraska Union Plaza. Offerings for the week of Aug. 20 will include Manila Bay, Gonzo Gourmand, Mary Ellen’s Food for the Soul and Taco Loco.
Valentino’s, Imperial Palace, Subway and Starbucks also will continue to provide food in the union.
As a result of contract negotiations in spring 2018, the Nebraska Union selected a proposal from MSE Branded Foods in Atlanta to provide Chick-fil-A and Steak ‘N Shake vendors in the Nebraska Union. The two vendors were to go into space previously occupied by Runza. The new stores may not open until late fall 2018 or early 2019 because it is taking longer than expected to divide kitchen ventilation to serve two restaurants instead of one.
MSE is partnering with local Chick-fil-A SouthPointe, which operates the Memorial Stadium stand, to provide the pop-up restaurant at Nebraska Union.