Hungry stomachs have options over the summer

6/13/2008 | By: Guia Del Prado  |

It’s the middle of the day and the hunger pangs begin to strike. Although the summer months are in full swing and the campus is without the majority of its students and faculty, there are still a number of campus dining options from which to choose.

Jolt-N-Java, which serves beverages and snacks in front of the Getchell Library, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DC Store in Argenta Hall is open Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Downunder Café, which is also in Argenta Hall, is open from Monday through Friday for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. On weekends and holidays, the café is open for brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Port of Subs, Starbucks, Keva Juice and Tahoe Creamery in the Joe Crowley Student Union also remain open for the summer.

The Overlook in the Jot Travis Building is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering meal specials throughout the summer. The Overlook offers Mondo Subs, Coyote Jack’s Grille, Sbarros pizza, Mandalay Express, Freshens Smoothies and Starbucks coffee. Anyone buying lunch at the Overlook can take advantage of the daily specials, from free Ice Scream Friday to Taco Tuesday.

“We just want to keep it fresh and always have something happening,” said Chuck Cowgill, director of retail operations.

Throughout the week, the Overlook hosts daily specials:

  • Mondo Sub Sandwich Mondays features a six-inch sub sandwich for $3.99, or a combo of chips and a large soda for $6.19.
  • Taco Tuesday offers a chicken or beef taco for $2 or two tacos and a large soda for $5.09.
  • Taquito Thursday offers chicken or vegetable taquitos for $1.65.
  • Ice cream Friday, which offers a free sample-sized ice cream cone from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Overlook is also hosting double discount days on June 13 and June 30. Those with Wolf Bucks cards can get an additional five percent off meals on these days with a total savings of up to 17 percent. The double discount days were aimed to offer a reduction in food prices at the very end of the pay period.

“The double discount days are usually right before paychecks come out,” Cowgill said. “They should help when the checkbook is getting close to empty.”

The Overlook is also hosting a couple of events to promote the food court. Sample trays of the variety of Overlook food products are available on Tuesday. The first 100 people to go to the Overlook on Friday, June 20, can get a 16 ounce Starbucks mug for free. The Overlook staff also offers a building-wide five percent discount to staff or faculty working in different buildings every week. Which building is chosen to receive the week’s discount is selected at random.

“We bring an appetizer tray with assorted foods to the buildings on Mondays,” Cowgill said. “Everyone in the buildings then gets the Overlook discount for the whole week.”

The daily specials will change again in July and Cowgill and his staff are already coming up with new promotions for the month. Cowgill says some of the July specials are pancake breakfast on certain days, and grill specials for Reuben sandwiches or pastrami melts.

Cowgill believes that having the summer specials are a way of showing gratitude to staff and faculty working on campus during the summer.

“We usually emphasize specials for winter students,” Cowgill said. “We wanted to do something special for the summer and for the faculty and staff working on campus all year long.


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