As well as winding lines, UNC students visiting the bottom of Lenoir Dining Hall can also expect to find three new restaurants this semester.
Changes have been made to dining options using student feedback from survey responses and the Student Dining Board, Christen Flowers, director of dining at the University said in an email statement. The Student Dining Board is a group of students that meets weekly to discuss “anything related to the food program at UNC Chapel Hill.”
Bento Sushi, a restaurant brand featuring hot Asian food and sushi, replaced Sushinara. Bandido’s Mexican Cafe, which previously shared a booth with Italian Pizzeria III, has been moved into a permanent location replacing Burrito Bowl. Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken, a North Carolina-based chain, is also entering the bottom of Lenoir.
Jamil Kadoura, owner of Mediterranean Deli, said he believes the vendors selected for the bottom of Lenoir represent what UNC deems “healthy” food.
Mediterranean Deli has worked with Carolina Dining Services for more than 28 years, and despite a recent fire accident at their Franklin Street storefront that halted the regular functioning of the business, they will continue to serve food at the University as usual.
“Besides the financials and the advertising, it's very flattering to me to be chosen and to stay for that long on campus,” Kadoura said. “That means I'm doing something good.”
Caroline Dorry, a junior at UNC, said the food options at the bottom of Lenoir are diverse and allow customers to try new cuisines and appreciate other cultures.
“It helps [businesses] reach different consumers and it helps [students] try different kinds of food,” she said.
Dorry also said the dining hall’s central location on campus makes it more accessible to students who may not be able to walk to popular restaurants on Franklin Street.