By Katie Brown
Editor in chief
Next semester, students will not have to travel far to get the original chicken sandwich and waffle fries.
University officials announced today that by fall 2013, a Chick-fil-A restaurant will replace Tilas in the MD Anderson Student Center.
The Chick-fil-A will offer a full menu of lunch items from 11-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11-2:30 p.m. on Friday. Students can purchase food and drinks using their meal plans and declining balance dollars.
President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said he plans for Chick-fil-A’s construction to begin over the summer and hopes to have the restaurant ready by the time students return in the fall.
“It could be middle to late August, but the idea is to get it in before the students get back,” Sloan said.
Although Tilas will cease to operate as a restaurant, the Baugh will open a Mexican food station to compensate.
The Chick-fil-A will be directed by Aramark and run by Aramark employees. Benny Gilbert, director of dining, attested to how hard his staff has worked to achieve this goal.
“Aramark has worked together with HBU on evolving the dining experience to create highly desired brands and menus in comfortable environments that truly foster a sense of community and help the campus thrive,” Gilbert said.
Sandra Mooney, vice president of financial operations, said the idea for the Chick-fil-A began while moving back into the Brown Administrative Complex last academic year after Hurricane Ike damaged the building in September of 2008.
“When we re-opened Brown, we told them we wanted a food service in MD Anderson,” Mooney said. “Tilas was a temporary solution.”
Mooney added that they knew the students wanted Chick-fil-A and have been working on bringing a franchise to campus since then.
Sloan said that the addition of Chick-fil-A will help build campus community.