By Tanner Anderson, Page Editor
The Bean Sprout has a new home and a new name.
Instead of being in its former downstairs location in the Campus Center, its services recently have moved to the main eating area in the “World Famous Bean.”
After 7:30 p.m., the Bean begins its transformation, and students around campus can receive identical Bean Sprout meals with the dining services’ latest creation: the Bean’s Late Night Venue, which is open from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
“The Bean Sprout didn’t really shut down; it’s just relocated,” said Anthony Williams, auxiliary officer.
Williams said the decision for the relocation was finalized after the campus saw a decline of student activity at the Bean Sprout, and the recent move has improved the Bean Sprout’s business. Now the main eating hall in the Bean will be open for students who are craving their favorite Bean Sprout meals.
Williams said the change has transformed the Bean into a late night dining option; the menu and food items that were popular downstairs still will be available to the students. Students can view the Bean Sprout’s options in the main dining hall.
“I would appraise our dining program as above average,” Williams said. “But that’s not our goal. Our objective is to create a premiere dining program. We are putting initiatives in place so that objective is realized.”
As for the former Bean Sprout location, Williams said no concrete decision has been made thus far, but the university’s plans for the recent open space will be student-centered.
“The change in location honestly won’t affect me that much,” said Chris Derrick, junior criminal justice major from Monohan. “It seems like a good usage of space. Instead of having two different cafeterias, students will be able to use the open area for other things. I honestly don’t see any negatives.”
Besides having fond memories of the former location, it appears the change in scenery will not deter students from grabbing a late night Bean Sprout meal.
“I’ll miss going downstairs to eat,” said Colby Day, junior biology major from Maypearl. “It was a good hang out, but as long as they have the Sprout open on a consistent schedule, that’s all I care about.”