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Arkansas State adding multiple new outdoor dining options this fall

JONESBORO, Ark- If you walk around the A – State campus you might notice large white tents and a food truck.

The university is placing new outdoor dining options around campus to help with social distancing.

“We have deployed our food truck on campus as an option, as well as several dining trucks, little carts,” says Chief Communications Officer at Arkansas State, Bill Smith. “With tents spread out along campus to provide a physically distance experience, along with a benefit for students who live on and off campus.”

The food truck and carts on campus include many different food options.

Smith says when they were planning their return to campus, they knew the student union would need changes to accommodate with COVID-19 policies.

With many physicians encouraging outdoor use to allow for more social distancing, the university knew outdoor dining options would be the route to take.

Smith says this brings the dining options closer to students.

“Now we have stuff near the arch, near some of our residence housing,” he said. “So, it’s been a real benefit for our students as well.”

The five new dining options will be stationed all around campus, making it accessible to everyone.

Students will be able to use their meal plans, debit/ credit cards and campus flex dollars.

With the new COVID-19 changes to the student union to come just one year after the university renovated the Dining Hall and food court of the Reng Student Union.

Smith says while the food court and dining hall are still open, there are noticeable changes.

“So, a lot of the space is now taken up inside with ‘look for the green sign, follow that path to the pizza station,” says Smith. “Look for the yellow sign, follow that to another station.’ Also, for our food court with the same kind of spacing, we’ve had to move some of our options out. For example, the sushi and deli have moved to the second floor to help accommodate spacing.”

Smith says while these new options are to help promote social distancing, he says they are successful, and might be a permanent option going into the future.

(Location and times of operation are listed below for new dining options)

  • Howl on Wheels, located adjacent to the Chi Omega Fountain west of the Union. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • Sushi & Deli located on the second floor of the Reng Student Union in the former location of the C-Store. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • Dining Tent, "Acansa to go," with an emphasis on Southern comfort food, is between the Dean B. Ellis Library and the Mathematics & Computer Science Building. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • NorthPark Quads grab-and-go convenience store located in the Commons area. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and 4 p.m.-midnight, Monday through Friday; 6 p.m.-midnight Sundays.

  • Food Carts: Howlin’ House of Fry, located at the amphitheater north of Lab Sciences West. Wolf Shack Grill and Packed Nachos, located in the Living-Learning Community Courtyard. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • Grub Hub Pickup located at the east entrance on the lower level of the Reng Student Union.


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